Sunday morning prayer – 03/02/08

I don’t know about you, but March has snuck up on me.  It still feels like it should be February still.  Don’t get me wrong…I am looking forward to spring (I am getting sick of the cold weather), but somehow my internal clock is a little slow this year.  Maybe I need a battery change.

"Spring" is here
I know it is not technically spring for another 18 days, but it sure felt like it here today.  I got a chance to run outside for my first time in a couple months.  Wow…that felt great.  I went an exhilarating 5 mile run and felt great afterward.  So far training is going well.  No shin splints like I suffered earlier this year.  This time I am taking things slow and slowly building up my mileage.  When I felt great after runs like yesterday I just want to keep going, but I need to be patient and stop.  Not an easy thing to do.

Thanking God
A couple friends of mine and Connie’s returned home safely on yesterday from the National Pastor’s Convention in San Diego.  I not only thank God they returned home safely, but that they have a good sense of humor (not that I had any doubt).  You see…Connie and I along with a couple other friends, played a couple practical jokes to welcome our friends home.  We had fun sneaking around their home late at night – hoping the neighbors wouldn’t call the police.  In the end…our friends got a good laugh, now it is time for the rest of us to look over our shoulders…because we know revenge is coming…and deservedly so 🙂

The Gospel text for today (Lent 4) is from John 9 (the story of Jesus healing the man born blind).  My focus is on verses 4 and 5 where Jesus talks about being the light of the world.  But Jesus is not the only light…we are called to be lights in the world.  So with that, I am taking this text and the song "This Little Light of Mine" and talking about being lights in this dark world.  Of course, following the sermon, we are singing "This Little Light of Mine".  Should be fun.

Anyway…let’s pray…
God of all creation, you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to be the light of the world.  Now that Jesus has died and risen from the grave for us, we are now called to be lights in this cold, dark world.  Ignite our hearts with compassion.  Kindle the flame of our faith.  And shine your love in our lives so our light may shine forth, so much so, that people may see our good works and give you, and you alone, glory.  We need to be lights in this world…following the call and example of Jesus Christ…so hope can be proclaimed now.  Light the way for us so we may serve you and others with passion and compassion.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

I hope and pray that you have a very blessed today.  Take care!

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