Nations Prayer

Today’s Reading: Psalm 82

As we have read through the Psalms recently, we have been able to read from Asaph. (Asaph was a leader of one of the Temple choirs. 1 Chronicles 25:1) Whether Asaph was the author or just transcribing for David, these collections of Psalms (49,50, 73-83) celebrate the sovereignty of God, God’s hand in history, God’s faithfulness, and God’s covenant. These psalms remind us that the worship of our God the almighty should be continual.

At first, I had to look up Asaph and the Asaphites. These people were temple singers.  Asaph had the opportunity to see the best and the worst in the officials while serving and participating in public and private settings.  Psalm 82 reminds us that God is the true judge of all judges. The integrity of our justice system in a nation provides a clear indication of our society’s health.

On the dawn of an election day like today, I realize that whatever your vote may be, our ultimate judge will be our Lord. I pray for all those elected and in authority. 1 Timothy 2:2 says for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 

We can only pray for those in authority worldwide so that their societies will be those who spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Remember Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject under higher powers. 

I pray that all those elected already know or come to know our Lord more and more each day.  That in their roles, they are put in positions to do good. Please pray with me for these officials in authority that make decisions that can impact us, our children, and grandchildren.

Psalm 80:1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods, he holds judgment:

O Lord, Do not Delay

Today’s Reading: Psalm 70

Humor me for a second with these questions. Have you ever felt under pressure? Can you think of a day where you were pressed for time to where you allowed yourself to be stressed?   These moments have happened more than I would like to admit.  Hopefully, today you will have some peace as you focus on His Word and the truth of His will for your life today.

I have a gift that allows me to save things until the last minute and not get stressed. It is a gift I’m working on avoiding, unlike today as I seek His wisdom. David’s prayer in Psalm 70 reminds me of His answers even in our haste.

These last couple of weeks have been eventful. As a principal, our schools’ COVID impact has meant constantly changing, requiring the on-going need to pivot and try to communicate the best we can. Our children have been involved in some travel sports that require scheduled practices and games at various times and places.  On the home front, we try our best to make time to connect with family, friends, and neighbors.

As this last week approached, we juggled preparing for a family getaway! Exciting!  Still, the rush that followed up until today captured many moments where I could sense the anxiety of the time crunch creep in.

Psalm 70:1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me! o Lord, make haste to help me! 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are help and my deliverer, O Lord, do not delay!

We seem to all live in the confines of time. God lives outside time. God is never rushed. He created time! David uses these 5 verses to show the urgency of prayer and the answer we will receive. These verses remind me to go to God with all I got.  That instead of trying to do it all myself and attempt to be everything to everyone all the time, I can submit to Him.  Cry out to God and say I need you! That when I am weak, He is strong. In the midst of these moments where the pressure of time is applying the squeeze. Pray, trust, have faith that our God knows what will happen.  He knows what we will face today, what we will face tomorrow.  He will be our help; He will be our deliverer.  

So whatever day your day brings.  No matter what is next on your agenda. Take a moment to give God all you got.  Ask him to release the stress that starts to creep in as we move throughout the day.  The answer to all we need today is in Him.

Have a blessed – less stressed day!

 

Justice

Today’s Reading: Psalm 58

Have you ever felt the pain of injustice? The hurt that can come when false judgment has been passed on you or someone else close?

As I reflected on David’s words, I thought of the pain I’ve personally experienced when I’ve had judgments passed based on passes mistakes. Unfortunately, I also thought about the pain that I have caused others through my same shortcomings.  Romans 3:23 reminds me that we have all fallen short at some time or another. Whatever side of injustice or judgment you have been on, you understand the pain and anger that can accompany these times.  We read the anger in David’s words as he seeks justice through the Lord.

6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;
when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.

Yes, there is a harshness to these verese when you go through today’s reading. Psalm 58 is an “imprecatory” psalm that calls upon God to deal with enemies.

There have been times where I’ve struggled with anger,, and the words, decisions, and actions made by someone else made me turn around and make the same mistakes. I pray for continued spiritual growth to seek God’s wisdom and not fall back on the human reasoning that does things to make matters worse or slander others.  To not seek revenge based on the emotions I’m feeling at that particular moment. At this moment, I’m reminded of the many verses that point us back to God’s words about revenge.

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Maybe you have faced a recent situation where you were judged wrongly, maybe some type of injustice.  I’m sorry, I wish there wasn’t the immediate pain we all feel when this happens. All I can say is seek God’s wisdom. Cry out and ask for our Lord’s peace in the middle of your pain.

Psalm 58:11 Then people will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

Lord,  We know you go before us and know everything that has happened and will happen in our lives. Help us to not doubt, dispute, or debate your plans. We will accept the trials we face even when they may seem injust or in false judgment knowing these trials humble us and will wean us away from this world.  These words and actions that temporarily hurt us will compare nothing to an eternity, give us comfort in these trials and help us always to turn to you.  Work in our hearts.  Amen

Be Still

February 23, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 46

There is so much to pull from Psalm 46.  I will try to bracket a couple of the beginning and ending verses that spoke to me when reading this week.  Let’s start here.

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  

Quick question for you,  “Do you turn to our Lord when you are in trouble or need strength?

I know we all face troubles. Trouble can look like a lot of things. They come in the form of disappointments, frustrations, misunderstandings, unfulfilled dreams, unmet expectations, great loss, great loneliness, fear, criticism, persecution, conflict.  At one point or another, you may have faced one or all of these scenarios. The pain from divorce, abuse, failure, and many other situations that either happened or I put myself in. I should have known they would come with the nickname “trouble.” (This is another story and need for prayer.)

Recently I talked with multiple family members and a friend who are going through some trials of relationships, depression, and anxiety.  Some have turned to alcohol and others to medications that help with the stress.  Both of these solutions seemed to take away the pain temporarily but had bigger, more negative impacts in other areas besides what they were currently dealing with. In these conversations, we have talked about our hope, refuge, and strength coming from the Lord. 

There are also times when we deal with trials and pain by keeping ourselves busy.  Never taking time to be still and seek Him. As we have read through the Psalms, I’ve noticed how the Psalmist never really asks for the trials never to happen. The request is just delivery us from them.   We know that everyone will face trials.

We need to remember and trust that God is with us in every circumstance. 

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  

I’m going to bracket the start of Psalm 46:10 with the end.

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

In our modern world of noise, busyness, and 24/7 of being on the go, solitude is truly countercultural. It’s a very challenging behavior to adopt. To be with God without an agenda and to just be in His presence. In our trials, we face we can turn to God and find clarity in the silence.

When was the last time you intentionally spent a significant amount of time with God in solitude? Don’t bring your to-do list; just listen to His voice. If you can’t remember, this might be a clue to take some time. In fact, take a few minutes to be alone with God right now. Put your hands on your knees, palms down. Think of any of the concerns you have at this moment and imagine laying them down at His feet.  After you have given Him all your concerns, turn your palms up in a posture of receiving what God wants to give you.  Listen for His voice. Recite Psalm 46:10 now like this.

Be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know.

Be still.

Be.

Hebrews 5:11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Psalm 34 – God’s Plans – His blessings

Happy Tuesday,

Today we will be reading Psalm 34.  There is a back story in 1 Samuel 21-22 that you will have to go back to when you get an opportunity.

You see, David had to live much of his life on the run hiding from Saul.  Today, when we read David’s words while on the run he decides to hide with the Philistines.  Yes, the Philistines. Remember the story of David & Goliath.  The last time they had been around each other was when David took care of Goliath.  This probably wasn’t an exciting moment in history for the Philistines. Still, David decided this was where he needed to hide on this occasion.  David went to a priest named Ahimelech in Nob.  Here was the place where the priest Ahimelech put the needs of David ahead of the religious rules by giving him holy food, keeping David safe, and even offering up Goliaths sword.   Make sure you go back and read.

In Psalm 34, David had just finished pretending to be crazy as a way to get away from being captured.  David’s crazy plan succeeded, and then He shares with Ahimelech the blessings God promises.  These verses are timely reminders for us today.

We are all active participants in God’s plans, with the trust in His perfectly timed blessings.

  • 34:4 He will deliver us from fear
  • 34:6 He will deliver us from trouble
  • 34:7 He guards us 
  • 34:8 He shows us kindness 
  • 34:9 He supplies our needs
  • 34:15 He listens when we talk with Him
  • 34:22 He redeems us

 

Do we do our part? 

  • 34:4 & 10 Do I seek Him?
  • 34:6 & 17  Do I cry out to Him? 
  • 34:8 Do I trust Him? 
  • 34:22 Do I serve Him? 

As I reflected on this story I know there are many times when I have forgotten to do my part.  I think God will just appear when I’m in trouble.  When I’m trying to figure it all out on my own without His looking back to scripture.  Do I seek Him?

When troubles happen at home, school, kids, work, family, financially. I can occasionally throw a pity party for myself or complaining about my circumstance forgetting about the molding God does in our lives.  Do I trust Him?

When I race through the day according to my own agenda. Only serving my to-do list.   Do I serve Him?

God, Today I commit all of my plans to You. Please have Your way with my life. Do what only You can do through my family, job, relationships, and future.  Align the desires of my heart with Your desires.  God, I’m sorry for my times when I lack trust.  We love you.  Amen

Why I believe – Psalm 22

  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
        Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

Where have you heard that before? I have to admit as I was reading Psalm 22 and praying for God to help with making some connections to this chapter, I was at a loss. David had said the same thing Jesus said on the cross in Matthew 27:46 hundreds of years earlier.  Why?  As I walked into church Sunday a few minutes early, I sat in the back with my niece and told her what chapter I was writing about this week.  I shared with her the last time I wrote; I had shared some of my testimony through Psalm 10.  I told her how at a young age, I was a master at hiding from God. Now in Psalm 22, David was once again searching for God and felt abandoned and distant. My next comment to my niece as the music began was God would open some doors to help with Psalm 22.  In walks Ben Miller, guest Pastor at Eastview Christian Church and director of Encounter at ISU.   The series we are on is called Worship Reframed, with our focus on Worship: The Presence.  What do you think one of the chapters referenced.  Psalm 22.  Thank you, God.

David was crying out to God.  He felt like God’s presence was nowhere to be found. The truth is. The reminder and reason why I believe is I’m always reminded that God is always with us. God’s presence is with us in every journey.  My connection to Why I believe was this, and often I can let the volume of the world allow me to tune God out.  To not have ears that are open to His presence.  What volume is too loud in your ear right now, making it feel like God has abandoned you? Is it work-related? Schedule at home still keeping you too busy? Is it social media that portrays false images?  The volume of the world is so loud.  The fast-paced motion we live in our lives cloud the presence of Him right next to you.  He hasn’t forsaken us. We just are living in a culture that focuses our attention on us and our daily desires being filled.  Why do I believe? Because when you turn your attention to God and realize His presence is always by your side, your perception of life changes. You start the journey of being transformed.  God transforms us when we turn down the volume of the world and turn our focus on Him.

I love when Paul is talking with Timothy about false gods and the love of money.  In his final charge in 1 Timothy 6:11, Paul says, But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 

What do you need to flee from that is allowing you to believe that God has abandoned you? Just like David, I lived many years of my life where the noise of the world helped decide every decision I was going to make.  It wasn’t until I turned down the volume.

Lean into God’s presence that is right where you are today.  Right now.  In Acts 17 24-28, Paul says that the God who made the world and heavens gives us all life and breath.  God perfectly marked out our appointed times throughout this journey we call life to reach out to Him and find Him, though He is not far from any of us(28).   Do you seek Him daily and find Him, or does the world drown out His presence?

I still stumble and feel like I can do this world on my own.  That’s when I remember I really can’t.  It’s all God, and I need to lean into God and seek out the unique presence of God in my life.  This is why I believe.

Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and he rules over the nations. 

Dear present Heavenly Father,

Thank you for never abandoning us.  Lord, you are always close, and in any of our moments of pain or fear, we can call on You.  Thank you for your closeness that has transformed my life that was abandoned by a world that could never provide the peace and love you have given freely. Meet us in unique moments of Your presence as we enter into this day to remind us that you are always near.  We love you. Amen

 

 

Why I Believe: David LaFrance

Today’s Reading:  Psalm 10 

Psalm 10:1 Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

At a young age, you only know what you know. We went to church at times but what happened, what I heard, and what I witnessed was different than my experiences at home.  The worldly choices made by my family and self got in the way of any connections the Lord was calling us to.  Selfishness, lies, and addictions took the front seat and we did the hiding from God. I would become a master at hiding physically, mentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually.  Still only like God can do, He would find me.  

According to my study bible, Psalm 10 is one of the Lament Psalms. Laments typically have five components which can appear in any order: (1) an invocation, or cry to God; (2) a complaint – description of a crisis; (3) a petition; (4) a statement of confidence in the Lord; and (5) a vow to praise God. Laments typically arise from a specific situation, and understanding that situation can help readers apply its truths to their own experience.  

For me, I remember literally crying out.  Poor me, why this, why that? I had lost my earthly father at an early age. Even before this memory, I could remember the addictions and fallouts from that.  It impacted our whole family. This was the path I knew.  My desires to live a life about myself and in the world filled me with an emptiness that no earthly pleasures could fill.  Trouble surrounded me. The only answer was God.  God saw my arrogance, my afflictions, and humbled me to my knees. ( I still need this more than I want to admit.) He showed me through my wife, family, and others that this vapor of life should only point to Him if you want any fullness and peace. In any moments where God seems hidden and you are needing to cry out, know He is always there. Just like you, just like me,  I needed to open my eyes, listen, and have faith in His plan for my life and not try to do everything for myself and by myself. 

Christ’s love can break any cycles of the past. 2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here! 

Why do I believe? I believe because God’s grace, love, and plans for my life are bigger and better than I will ever know or imagined. Jesus changes everything.  He transformed my life, my family, and He can change yours. 

 

Psalm 10: 16-18  The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.

Dear God, thank you for changing our downward trajectory. Thank you for loving us and making us new. I know Your work in us is ongoing. Please take away our pride so we can be more like you. Amen  Be Blessed

Armor of God

Good Morning everyone! I pray everyone had a great Christmas and still enjoying this special time between now and the new year. How has 2020 been for you? For myself, I feel the Father of Lies has been working overtime this last year to win the battle in our minds and hearts. I know I have been on the end of some losing battles this year. Thankfully, He reminds me us in 1Corinthians 15:57 these minor defeats are temporary and victory is ultimately His.

Maybe this last year you were impacted by a job loss or didn’t get a position you had applied for. The devil will often speak the lies of insecurity, failure, and struggles that will ask you what’s next?

Maybe you have lost touch with some friends, family, or haven’t been able to meet with your small group face-to -face? I’m grateful for Facetime or Zoom but I also know these are not the same as sitting together in the same place, face-to-face enjoying time together with laughter, tears, and great big hugs!  The devil will speak lies of loneliness that can lead to questioning yourself or turning to false pleasures.

Maybe you have lost a loved one this last year?  I’m sorry. The devil will make you question why this horrible thing happened to you or maybe even you did something to deserve it? Whether it be Covid related, mental health or just the stress that living through this last year has brought; the fact is those are only lies.   You have not lost faith, hope, or love.

1Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

I’m asking us all to pray for each other as we head into a new year. Pray for those areas we each need strength. If you need specific prayers please comment back.  We would love to pray with you! Here are some ways we can fight against the enemy that has worked hard this last year.

  • Keep the Faith – Have faith like Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen God has been and always is working for the good for those who love Him. Romans 8:28.
  • Have Hope – God will always prevail. Sometimes our timing is not always Hs timing. His plans are not always our plans.  Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
  • Always have Love –  God’s love is present in every joyful circumstance and painful experience.  We can ask for spiritual strength to trust 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Let’s put on the Whole Armor of God! The biggest war is in our minds. Be active this year. Full of Faith, Hope, and Love! Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Dear God,

The devil is constantly seeking to destroy me. Yet, in Christ, You have given me all that I need to win this battle. Please help me to put on Your armor daily and to stand strong against the enemy’s attacks.  Amen

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Good Morning Bible Journal Family! I hope you are all healthy and doing well as we continue to celebrate Advent and the joy we have in the birth of Jesus.  I must admit when I first read the verses for today I paused and prayed for some insights.  I then found myself reflecting on the pregnancy of our three children. Have you had the blessing of children? What about that moment you find out you were pregnant? For me, the initial reaction included shock and overwhelming joy. Even though I knew were supposed to wait, the excitement took over.  I couldn’t wait to tell family, friends, and at the moment feeling like every contact in my phone.

 

Luke 1:39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

 

On Sunday after church, I asked Jackson what he learned about in class.  He said we talked about Mary going to tell Elizabeth about herself being pregnant with Jesus.  (Really) I said a little prayer of thanks and told Jackson that was what I was writing about this week. I shared with him the excitement we have knowing Jesus was born for us.  He came for him and me and everyone who believes and has faith.

As I looked back at my phone from not only our pregnancy times but also when our children were born I sent pictures and texts to just about everyone. Why don’t I share the Good news of His birth this way? I’m throwing the challenge out there for us.  Share the story of his birth, share the change he has made in your life.   Mary was blessed like no other.  We who know Christ are also blessed.  Tell someone about His blessing offered today?

Think about it: Aren’t you glad someone courageously communicated —testified — about Jesus to you? 

There are many opportunities around you this Advent season to do the same. If people don’t hear of Christ’s love for them from you or me, they may not ever hear! God is working behind the scenes. He does powerful things when we step out and trust Him.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Heavenly Father, I love You and thank You for all that You have done for me. Thank You for dying for me and taking the punishment that I deserve. Father God, please help me the courage I pray, to open my mouth and speak the truth to whomsoever I may come into contact. Let me tell them the reason for my Hope in a world that seems lost in 2020. God help us to use this Advent season as a platform to lift you up and share your promises of an eternal kingdom with you. Amen

“So you must go and make disciples of all nations…Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end” (Matthew 28:19a–20)

The Advent Path for God’s People

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5

40 Comfort, comfort my people,
says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
double for all her sins.

3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
a highway for our God.[b]
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Happy Tuesday Bible Journal family,

December 1st, 2020. Our last month of this very different year! Let’s continue our daily journey through Advent and the promises found in Isaiah that point to the celebration of the birth of our Lord.  In verses 1-2 written by Isaiah, it provides us a promise of hope and comfort in a time of unease. How are you feeling today?  Anything have you uneasy this morning? I know I could share a few things if you had time. But instead of letting these feelings grab hold of me and pull me under I can find some timely rest in the assurance of our Lord who promises hope, joy, peace, and comfort while already paying the price for all our sins. Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

In twenty-five days, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord through Christmas.  We can celebrate today and every day to come the victory has already been won through His life, death, and resurrection.  Our comfort can be found in the words spoken to Israel and us. He reminds us “comfort, comfort, my people“.

Isaiah 40:3-5 provides us with a visual and a reminder about preparing a way in our lives it’s the holiday season to focus on the greatness of our Lord.  We are not alone right now or ever.  Does it feel like you are metaphorically walking around a desert (even though today’s weather by me would feel like a tundra), are you in a valley seeking to try to peek over a horizon? Possibly you are standing on the top of a mountain now wondering how will I ever get down? Or maybe just this year has felt like you have been traveling down a rough path.  Take a deep breath.  Take time to read through these promises we are finding every day in His words.  Promises that say that even in 2020 God has us.  That we have traveled some roads during this time and made many mistakes.  This advent can be a reminder that Jesus came to this world born in human form to live a life for an example of us, but also died for us to live and one day be again with Him in His presence.  This advent more than ever before can provide hope and comfort that our Lord is right by your side every on every rough path, valley, or mountain saying prepare the way. I’m coming back one day for you! What obstacles are standing in your way? Don’t try to face them with our own pride.  As children of God, we must prepare a way for Him.  What an opportunity we have to show others our love, hope, and trust in Him this advent season.  Proclaim the coming of our Lord this start of advent! Have a blessed day.

Dear Lord,

We are all in need of comfort. We know that our only true comfort comes from you. As we live out each day in this Advent season help us to recognize and praise you for the love and sacrifice you made for us.  We love you and pray for us each to draw closer to you and the comfort of your love for us.  Amen

Enjoy this song on this brisk morning.