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A member of my congregation shared this beautiful little story with me. Thought it might be a great way to start your week. I hope your days are filled with blessings better than biscuits! – RMG

Biscuits

A visiting Pastor was attending a men’s breakfast in farm country. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began . . .

“Lord, I hate buttermilk.”

The Pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was
going. Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the Pastor was worried. However, without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”

Just as the Pastor thought he should stand up and stop everything, the farmer continued, “But Lord, when you mix ’em all together and bake ’em up, I do love fresh biscuits.

So, Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ’till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits.

Amen.”

May God Bless You Today and Forever!

Mark

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

 

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“Make us one, we pray, in the magnificent mosaic of faith.”

world-communionWhat table will you be at as you celebrate World Communion Sunday? World Communion Sunday is one of the most special days on the Christian calendar. It reminds us that the God who made us in our wonderful uniqueness and diversity, also fashions us into a splendid mosaic of faith and, therefore, moves us into a common mission of global compassion and justice. We’ll use the following prayer at the Old Stone Church in downtown Cleveland this Sunday (please join us if you’re local). You may want to adapt it for you church, pray it individually or with family and friends wherever you break bread.  

A Prayer for World Communion Sunday

One: God of bread and wine, of grace and mercy: you set a large and abundant table for us today in the heart of our city. Gather us, we pray, from our many different places:

All: We come from our homes in suburbs to the east and west and south; from apartments and condos in the neighborhoods on the lakeshore, uptown and downtown, from treatment centers, hotel beds and conference rooms, from city shelters and makeshift hideouts in parks and under bridges. We are newcomers and long-timers. Yet, here, we are one at a table big enough for all.

One: Today is World Communion Sunday. We break bread with Christians around the world:

All: We praise you, O God, for your global Spirit which tethers your local people with sisters and brothers, children and grown-ups in everyplace. We remember those who are hungry, lonely and most vulnerable in our city, our nation and throughout the world. We give you thanks for your grace that finds us and binds us together at a table large enough for the entire world. Makes us one, we pray, in a magnificent mosaic of faith that is bound together by your gentle mercy, wrapped in your unconditional grace, and in convicted by the overwhelming truth of your eternal love.

In your Holy Name we pray; Amen.

“In the pursuit of knowledge, everyday, something is added.
In the pursuit of enlightenment, everyday, something is dropped.”

– Lao Tzu

“Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine.”
― Kathleen Norris

Steve Harvey Quote on Prayer

-RMG

Steve Harvey: Prayer

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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PrayerDon’t forget to pray.

Don’t be ashamed to pray.

Don’t be too proud to pray.

Because prayer changes things.

– Steve Harvey

A grief encounter with the Ruach Elohim

Wordless Prayer

Sometimes we pray in sighs too deep for words.

My head is fuzzy with sadness these days, my heart and even my body are heavy with grief. I try to pray, to think or even talk my way out of my sorrow, but I just don’t seem to have the focus right now. You see, my father passed away a couple of weeks ago and all I can muster are a lot of elongated sighs that bespeak a vague feeling or, perhaps, many vague feelings I can’t seem to name. (more…)