New sisters share a special place in the heart of the Divine One. The first glance, grin, touch, hug, and kiss are gifts they share. New sisters’ eyes trace each other’s hair, brown eyes, smooth cheeks and lips. They imagine what features resembles mom’s face. New sisters inform us about new beginnings. Their story gives a family new meaning. God’s grace is present as a covering for New Sisters. God’s love guides New Sisters through their newborn relationship and inspires us to pray for them.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” Psalm 139:14.
Let Us Pray
God your handiwork is awesome and your creations magnificent!
Thank you for mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and all who bring meaning to our family life. Thank you for the many expressions of love between sisters and their siblings. Teach new sisters and brothers to live together peacefully and lovingly share their unique gifts with each other. Set their sights on glorifying so envy and strife will not overcome them. Just as Mary and Martha were different, let not our differences divide and separate us from your love and one another. Help new sisters embrace your loving care as seeds for one day becoming loving parents . Hold us near and dear to you, O God. We pray in Jesus Name.
God grant that right here in America and all over this world, we will choose the high way; a way in which men will live together as brothers. A way in which the nations of the world will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. A way in which every man will respect the dignity and worth of all human personality. A way in which every nation will allow justice to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. A way in which men will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. A way in which men will be able to stand up, and in the midst of oppression, in the midst of darkness and agony, they will be able to stand there and love their enemies, bless those persons that curse them, pray for those individuals that despitefully use them. And this is the way that will bring us once more into that society which we think of as the brotherhood of man. This will be that day when white people, colored people, whether they are brown or whether they are yellow or whether they are black, will join together and stretch out with their arms and be able to cry out: “Free at last! Free at last! Great God Almighty, we are free at last!”” from “”Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits (King Legacy)” by Martin Luther King Jr, Lewis V. Baldwin, Julius R. Scruggs
God our Father,
may no-one’s negative actions ever overpower my determination to choose to live in a positive way.
I know that to forgive someone
can be far from being an easy option, and I know that forgiveness isn’t somehow pretending that something wrong hasn’t happened.
Instead it is being generous, Father
– as your Son showed in his dying words – in being willing to release the other person from what natural justice demands should be ‘punishment’ for wrong-doing.
Isn’t this, Father, what is meant by “your mercy” and what we are to do in being called to “be merciful” ourselves?
For what I have done wrong, Father,
forgive me to the extent that I am generous and gracious in forgiving – or truly hoping to forgive – those who have done wrong to me.
Empower me to break the cycle of any hatred, resentment or bitterness, always resisting evil and conquering it with goodness.
Bring your healing and peace and wholeness into the lives of those I pray for, and into mine. Amen
“Be Still and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 Sometimes we are forced to be still. Today, I stand before a weeping window of snowflakes. I pray “God Almighty, thank you for your constant loving care. Comfort all who are suffering and experiencing challenges during this storm. Relieve pain, distress, sorrow and fear. Reduce our vulnerabilities especially keep safe all who must travel, live and work in unsafe conditions. Have mercy, O God as we weather yet, another storm in life with you by our side. Praying in Jesus’ Name. Amen
I pray to God I will:
Pray for you as I would have you pray for me.
Help you as I would have you help me.
Forgive you as I would have you forgive me.
Love you as I would have you love me.
Thank you as I would have you thank me.
Thank God, love God, seek God’s forgiveness and help. Pray always in Christ’s Name. Amen.
Happy New Year!