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Today is Oct. 25, 2013.  This morning’s Devotional, written be Rev. Kenneth Samuel, is based on

“But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to be good, and even that is not enough.  For then you must learn to know God better and discover what God wants you to do.” – 2 Peter 1:5

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The devotional addresses the need for practices based on one’s principles (the values, not the school administrator!)  Mentioned is Congress and their deadlock and how it doesn’t serve ANYone.  Will you pray with me, please?

Practical Peace,

You are!  You called yourself “I AM” when you spoke with our ancestors.  Only you have the power and the peace.  You are glorious and graceful!  Only you are worthy of my worship.  Amazing!

Loving Light,

This morning I pray for all the leaders of government – not only in my country but in all countries.  Help them to remember they have been put in power not for their benefit but for the benefit of all people, for the common GOOD.  Remind them that you transcend religion – that worshiping you are more important than the way in which we pray or the name we give you.  Common to all these is the love of you and one another, the emptying/humbling of oneself, the need to pray/meditate.  Remind them that you have the power and without you, nothing can be done.

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Again, I remember people who have asked for prayer – young and old, healthy and ill, starting life or nearing its end on this earth.  Thea, Susan, Blair, our Pastoral Search Team, Marsha and Mike, Mary, her mother & her family, my own self.  I pray for Steve and for my relationship with him.   And being a mere mortal, I know I remember fewer names than requests.

Incredible Imagineer,

You also gave us gratitude, along with so many gifts.  I am grateful.  Thank you.

And I dare to pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

To God be the glory!

Melissa Pazen © 2013

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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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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