This week I am encouraging my congregation to pray the following prayer of peace that is most commonly attributed to St. Francis of Assisi... Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; … Continue reading Pray & Work for Peace
"You have promised to be with us in tribulation. Lord, my soul is troubled, and my body is weak, and my hope is in you, and my enemies are busy and mighty; now make good your holy promise. Now, O holy Jesus, now let your hand of grace be upon me; restrain my spiritual enemies, … Continue reading A Prayer When You’re Anxious
Empty. That's how I feel. Like a car that spurts and sputters while running on fumes, I know my tank is empty but I have to keep moving. The question is, "Can I?" People are counting on me. People are calling on me. People are leaning on me. People are relying on me. People are … Continue reading Empty (An Easter Prayer)
In the past few weeks, I have had two people - one woman, one man - come to my office at different times to meet with me. When they entered my office, each person said, "Rusty, I want to pray for you." And they did. And each time was an incredibly moving experience. I was … Continue reading “I Want to Pray for You”
Here's a prayer "mix-tape" from some of the Apostle Paul's epistles that will bless you as you enter a new year... I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that … Continue reading A New Year’s Prayer
From Here's My Heart: Prayers by Ray Hardin... When the bottom drops out of our world and we feel the earth give way beneath us; When light is displaced by utter darkness and we sense the danger all around us; When the known fades into the unknown and we cannot see the path ahead; Then, … Continue reading Where Would We Be?
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.