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Oh my God,

You make time pass.  You created time, just as you made everything, seen & unseen. I pause on a very busy day of  year end bookkeeping to praise your name.  For you are the one who made the mountains and the seas.  You are the one with the plan for the universe.

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Your people and your world are more important than money Lord. Amazing!

Lord of Life and Light,

Today is my husband’s birthday.  Steve’s knees give him pain because of all his college sports injuries.  It’s hard for him to breathe because of allergies and smoking.  Help him to care for himself and overcome these ailments, I pray of thee, Lord.

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For my sister, Thea, and my sister-in-Christ, Susan, I pray for health and the knowledge that they are loved beyond their wildest imagination.  For my colleague, Paul, I pray for an easily treatable outcome from his procedure today.

I pray for peace in 2013.  Let your kingdom on earth, Lord.  Let me be one who acts to make this happen, Lord.

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Generous Giver,

Thank you for sunshine.  Thank you for air to breathe.  Thank you for water to drink and to use for so  many things.  Thank you for food.  May I be a good steward of all these things that you have extravagantly given to me.  I am blessed.  And Lord, I am grateful.  I love you so much!

Through Jesus, my Christ & Lord,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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Marianne Williamson wrote on her facebook page today:

“Let’s take a place or situation each day and zap it with group love and prayers for miracles. Today: MALI in West Africa.”

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I found the following on BBC News website:

The landlocked West African country of Mali – one of the poorest in the world – experienced rapid economic growth after the 1990s, coupled with a flourishing democracy and relative social stability.

This all hung in the balance in early 2012, when the steady collapse of state control over the north of the country was followed by an inconclusive military coup and West African regional plans for armed intervention with UN backing and some European support.

Global God,

You created Mali, all of Africa, all of our world, all of our universe, all of the worlds we don’t even know about.  You were there before the beginning.  Amazing!

Eternal Energy,

You have the power to restore peace and stability to Mali.  I pray, Lord, that you will make a big miracle today, in fact, many miracles.  Let the people of Mali know that there are many lifting them up in prayer today.  As Susan and Thea reported, let the people of Mali feel this love and support.  Lord, you know I don’t care if these people worship you through Christ or Moses & Abraham or Buddha or Allah or any other. I want them to know your love and your plans for them.  I send up my prayer; I leave it in your control to do with this as you wish; you are in charge; I am not.

I’m grateful for the chance to start again today in my following of your ways.  Remind me to work at our relationship, yours & mine.  Remind me to get to know you even better.

Generous Giver,

You give to us extravagantly, almost wastefully.  You give and you give and you give and you give.  I appreciate you, as in I give you value.  I worship and love you, Lord.  I love you so much!

Jesus, my Christ, said that we should ask in his name.

I pray in the holy name:  Jesus,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

I just had a call from Thea.  The oncologist told her that the CA125 test result is well within the normal range.  He said if it had been after the 2nd chemotherapy session, he’d feel they had an excellent prognosis. 

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But here’s the God thing:  This test was taken after the first session.  The oncologist said results this good almost never happen.

Glorious God,

Amazing!

Loving Lord,

I ask you to continue to show us your miracles, large & small, extraordinary &  the all-but-mundane.

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Generous Giver,

Thank you and thank you and thank you and thank you.  We are grateful beyond words.  Your ways are incredible.  Your ways are so good.  I love you so much!

And I pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick                             to start from scratch once again.”

~ Bikram Choudhury


After a few days away, I’m here to write my prayer for today.

Gracious God,

You are continual; I have to start again.  You are constant; I fade easily. You created time; I am ruled by time.  You are love; I wish I were love… only.  Lord, I praise you for all the things you do that I haven’t learned to do.  I confess that as much as I like to think of myself as loving, there are many moments when I am hateful, angry, cranky, short-tempered.  You are perfect; I am far less than that.  But, Lord, I am trying.

Lord of Light,

Thank you for the image of the infant Jesus on Christmas.  I pray you will help me to be as sincere and as empty of emotional want, as a newborn.  Please, Lord, as breathe leaves me let it take any negativity.  As breathe comes into me, let the oxygen heal and nourish me.  Let me remember that only because of you can I breathe;  I am as dependent as a newborn.  Remind me to look for good in every movement in the universe.

Generous Giver,

Thank you for another time to try again.  Thank you for all the love in my life.  Lord, I love you so much.

I pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

Again today, I think of my friend and pray for her.

Holy, Holy, Holy,

Lord God almighty, I praise your creation.  I don’t understand massacres nor your reason for leaving me in my current position.  Your creation of angels, like Susan, is a glorious mystery to me.  You send her to love me, to inspire me, to give me strength, to give me glimpses of you.  Amazing!

God Almighty,

I pray today for Susan and Sarah.  Grant them your grace to be together and enjoy one another.  Let Susan be a loving mother for Sarah and let Sarah be an adult who can care for herself and others.  Let them care for one another as they each would for a small helpless infant who turned out to be the Prince of Peace.

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Bless Steve and let him know how much I love him and how much I appreciate him.  I pray for your world.  Stop the hating by filling us all with your love.  Stop the killing by reminding us all of the gift of life that you gave us in Jesus, so many years ago.

Incredible Imagineer,

You gave us all things possible and impossible.  May my gratitude show like a beacon of your light, life and laughter.  I love you so much.

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Through Jesus, I pray

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

My friend, Susan, is concerned about her trip for the holidays.  Time with family has previously been very difficult.

Beautiful Savior,

You supply our every need.  You have created the sun and the stars.  You hung the moon.  You inspired humanity to create planes, trains, automobiles. Amazing!

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Loving Lord,

I bring Susan to you today.  Grant her your grace and free her from anxiety.  Remind her that you are always with her and she need fear nothing.  Remind her that you can do all things.  Remind her that she need only pray in times of anxiety and that you will send your peace to her.  Help Susan to find healthy ways to occupy her time.  Remind Susan to use these healthy means to distract her from worry.  Help Susan to make alternative plans, so that if things go wrong,  she can call Matt or me or Steve and activate her plan to come home early.  Let Susan remember that you made her a very smart and very capable woman and that she need not worry about any of this, only pray.

I pray also today for her family.  Inspire each of them to love. Remind everyone to take good care of themselves and each other.  Grant them your incredible peace.  Remind them they have the ability to communicate as adults, stating their needs and negotiating plans that suit all well.

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Glorious Grandother,

You have created us with intellect, with resources, with abilities.  We often think only of our flaws and, Lord, that means we are thinking less of you, who is all things, does all things, made all things.  Thank you for our lives.  Thank you for dogs and job possibilities. Thank you for friends.  Thank you for family.  I love you so much!

Through Jesus Christ,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

I spoke with a friend this morning who is devastated and furious over the tragedy last week in Newtown, CT in the US.

Incredible Imagineer,

It is only right for me to humble myself before you, the energy behind this  universe.  May I sing your praises from morning til night. When I try to describe you there aren’t words with sufficient superlative qualities.  You are more than…  older than… bigger than… deeper than…  Amazing!

Lord of Life,

I bring my friend, Kathy, to you today.  When we spoke this morning, she still was angry that you could let something like the Sandy Hook massacre occur.  She doesn’t want to worship you.  She is outraged.

And I must admit, after talking with you for all this time and asking for things and you give them to me, it scares me to think that every day I need to say “and please, no more murders.”

I’ve known for a longer time, though, that you don’t create allow only good things to happen.  I know it’s my job to face whatever horrific thing happens and find a way to make good come from it.

Help Kathy and all the people of Sandy Hook and all the rest of us to heal after last Friday’s unconscionable event.  Let us be love for one another.  Let us glimpse your love and pass it to all.

Glorious Grandother,

Thank you for giving Kathy the idea to move into action.  While she works on organizing for legislation, she has a sense of the power you have given every one of us.  Thank you for inspiring Kathy to use her gifts for good.   Thank you for inspiring her to bring your justice to our world. Let us make your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.

You have given to us extravagantly.  I love you so much!

And I pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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Everpresent Energy,

You gave us life. You inspired us to celebrate birthdays to show people we’re glad they’re in our lives.  You are the source of all and I am humbled in your presence.  Amazing!

Lord who Loved us into Life,

I bring my sister, Thea, to you today.  She has completed 60 years in her life with us.  She struggles now to heal after surgery and ongoing chemotherapy.  I pray that you will heal her.

Remind her to lean on your strength when she can’t summon her own.  Help her to stay loving and calm, regardless of her anxiety or discomfort.

Thank you for the miracle of Cynthia’s recovery.  Amazing!  Hold her close as she sings and makes music to praise you.

Generous Giver,

The cake, the candles, the light from the candles, the senses of taste and smell and sight.  All of these are gifts from you.  I am grateful.  I love you so much!

And I pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

See the trees on the right, the ones with the finely defined branches?  Those are my favorites.  

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When I was a little girl, I loved riding along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to see the lights on the trees.  That was the first time I ever saw the little white lights.

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The photo below is of the blue spruce in our back garden, lit for the holidays two years ago.  When there is snow on a tree, it seems to glow.

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Glorious God,

You existed before there was light.  You are the energy that created light.  And you sent a perfect example of light and clarity in Jesus.  Amazing!

Lord of Love,

I simply cannot understand the killings in Newtown, CT today.  In fact, I don’t really want to understand how someone could kill others.  But I can pray for those who survived.  I pray that you would surround all affected with your enfolding love.  I pray you will whisper to them that they can lean on your strength.  Let them grieve as they should at the loss of their loved ones.  And let them remember the light will come again after this dark time in their souls.

Gracious Grandother,

You have blessed us abundantly.  Thank you for people to console us.  Thank you for friendship and family.  I love you so much.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal

 

Forbearer of the Faithful,

You sure are funny, God.  This day was nothing like it had been scheduled and it sure has been interesting — possibly even quite good.  I know you’re in charge, and I’m not.  I know I pray so you will remind me of my role in the bringing of your kingdom — if any.  Amazing!

Everpresent Energy,

I pray you will continue to make it clear that you are always with me, that you love me, that you are making miracles for me.  I long to do your bidding, Lord.  As you make your plans for me, as you fine tune them, I long to know what you would have me do.  To bring your kingdom to earth would be delightful!

Pour your grace on my friends and family, I pray of thee, Lord. Let me be a blessing to them, showing your love, patience, compassion, humor and other virtues.  Heal Thea.  Make Susan’s Christmas with Sarah calm and loving.  Grant them peace and remind them they can choose to have it.  Remind me to communicate well with my beloved Steve, it’s so easy when we’re so close to get testy with one another, but I love him dearly, Lord.

Omnipotent Originator,

Thank you for occupation of my time with fulfilling work.  Thank you for letting me make contributions to the cause.  Thank you for letting me realize there is always room for improvement, and for helping me want to improve.  I love you so much.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2012

Live Inspired:  pray continually; think boldly; dare greatly; love unconditionally; act deliberately, kindly, justly, mercifully and humbly; forgive easily; laugh frequently!

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