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Prayer: Choices and Opportunities

Posted by RENEW on Oct 11, 2020 7:00:07 AM

God, Creator of all the earth,
you give us many choices
and many opportunities.
Be with us in our decisions 
so that we may act in the way
that is best for all.
Be in our hearts as we listen to each other.
Guide our thoughts so we
may grow ever closer to you.
We ask these things in the hope
of receiving what we need
rather than what we want.
We pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The Word on Campus © RENEW International.

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Prayer: A Matter of Trust

Posted by RENEW on Oct 4, 2020 7:00:27 AM

Lord our God,
each day you invite us to come closer to you
and to live in your light.
Teach us to listen and understand your promptings
so that we can respond to you with our whole heart.
When our selfishness or human weakness
blocks us from doing your will,
touch us with your mercy and forgiveness.
May we become a people
who will produce abundant fruits
of peace and reconciliation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 Adapted from The Word on Campus © RENEW International.

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Prayer: In Word and Deed

Posted by RENEW on Sep 27, 2020 7:00:42 AM
Good and gracious God,
we thank you for creating us with the desire to do good
and to avoid evil.
We ask for forgiveness
for the ways we may have hurt others.
May we be willing to make amends for the pain caused,
for lost opportunities, and for the broken relationships.
And may we help create a family of peace and fellowship
to which you constantly invite us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 
Adapted from The Word on Campus © RENEW International.

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Prayer: An Unfailing Love

Posted by RENEW on Sep 20, 2020 7:00:16 AM
Lord God, you are good and
your love surpasses all.
Thank you for your willingness to accept us as we are,
and for surrounding us with your infinite presence.
Help us to be open to your goodness in ourselves and others
so that we may always do what pleases you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
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Prayer: The Healing Power

Posted by RENEW on Sep 13, 2020 7:00:35 AM
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Prayer: To Be Reconcilers

Posted by RENEW on Sep 6, 2020 7:00:22 AM
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Climate of Joy

Posted by RENEW on Aug 31, 2020 7:00:31 AM

I still remember that afternoon. Dressed in her black Ursuline nun’s habit, Mother Mary Edith was on playground duty. It was a very hot day. The white starched collar and scalp covering wrapped around the nun’s face so that only her half-circle face was visible, and on that day, that face was very red from the heat. Some children were gathered around her, chatting, and one of them must have asked her how she felt standing out there in such hot weather. Mother Mary Edith smiled and burst into a little song about joy.
 
That made quite an impression on me at my preteen age; I still remember that smile and that ditty after so many years. She was joyful, even when she had to have been so uncomfortable. Was she happy in such heat? Probably not. She was joyful, and that leads me to some thoughts about joy versus happiness.
 
I compare joy and happiness to climate and weather. Joy is more a state of being, a condition, an atmosphere, while happiness is more fleeting, more on the surface, more subject to change. Joy gives us fullness. The Bible has many verses that mention joy, and they are easy to find. For example, Psalm 126:5-6 tells us:
 

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Prayer: To Be Grounded in God's Love

Posted by RENEW on Aug 30, 2020 7:00:48 AM
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Prayer: To Grow in Love and Devotion

Posted by RENEW on Aug 23, 2020 7:00:09 AM
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Prayer: Call to Conversion

Posted by RENEW on Aug 16, 2020 7:00:55 AM
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