edited on: Monday,
March 27, 2006, 9:47 PM, Central
This is page 1 of my virtual sanctuary.
Below are some prayers and
Christian inspiration for you to take a lookat:
of Saint Francis of Assisi
make me an instrument of your peace.
there is hatred, let me sow love;
there is injury, pardon;
there is doubt, faith;
there is despair, hope;
there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
be understood, as to understand;
be loved, as to love;
it is in giving that we receive,
is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Father, who art in Heaven,
be Thy name.
will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
us this day our daily bread,
forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those,
trespass against us.
us not into temptation, but
us from evil,
Thou art the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory,
Prayer for Victory and Prosperity
be the LORD, my rock,
trains my hands for battle,
fingers for war;
safeguard and my fortress,
stronghold, my deliverer,
shield, in whom I trust,
subdues peoples under me.
what are mortals that you notice them;
beings, that you take thought of them?
are but a breath;
days are like a passing shadow,
incline your heavens and come;
the mountains and make them smoke.
forth lightning and scatter my foes;
your arrows and rout them.
out your hand from on high;
me from the many waters;
me from the hands of foreign foes.
mouths speak untruth;
right hands are raised in lying oaths.
God, a new song I will sing to you;
a ten stringed lyre I will play for you.
give victory to kings;
delivered David your servant.
the menacing sword deliver me;
me from the hands of foreign foes.
mouths speak untruth;
right hands are raised in lying oaths.
our sons be like plants
nurtured from their youth,
daughters, like carved columns,
as those of the temple.
our barns be full with every kind of store.
our sheep increase by thousands,
tens of thousands in our fields;
our oxen be well fattened.
there be no breach in the walls,
exile, no outcry in our streets.
the people so blessed;
the people whose God is the LORD.
for all the Homeless
grant that those who have no home to live in,
will be shielded from the
will be protected by the harshness of the
when we, as your humble servants, who have
a home to live in,
have an extra room, and can spare an extra
and let us be blessed for our compassion and charity
one in need. Please make this world a safe haven for
who walk alone, and without shelter, and without hope, so
one, by one, we can make a difference. If but one man
do right unto his God, by showing charity in sharing but
small place, so that one person will by the grace of God,
and be touched by the Spirit of Kind deeds, then,
a nation, we can and will be the light of God's love,
upon the rest of humanity, in this I pray to the Lord.
grant me the serenity,
accept the things that I can not change,
courage to change the things that I am able,
know the difference.
Prayer of John Sr.
others, as God has forgiven you,
each day as if it were your last,
Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
art thou amongst women,
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Mary, Mother of God,
for us sinners, now,
at the hour of our death.
in Time of Distress
me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and oppressed.
my life, for I am loyal;
your servant who trusts in you.
are my God; pity me, Lord;
you I call all the day.
the soul of your servant; to you, Lord,
lift up my soul.
you are kind and forgiving, most loving to all
call on you. Lord, hear my prayer;
to my cry for help.
this time of trouble I call, for you will answer me.
among the gods can equal you, O Lord;
can their deeds compare to yours.
the nations you have made shall come to bow before you,
and give honor to your name.
you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone
me, LORD, your way
I may walk in your truth, single hearted and revering
will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name
Lord my God.
love for me is great; you have rescued me from the depths of
God, the arrogant have risen against me; a ruthless band
sought my life; to you they pay no heed.
you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,
to anger, most loving and true.
to me, have pity on me; give your strength to your
save this child of your handmaid.
me a sign of your favor;
my enemies see, to their confusion, that you, LORD,
and comfort me.
Prayer for Deliverance
mercy on me, God, have mercy on me.
you I seek shelter.
the shadow of your wings I seek shelter
harm pass by.
call to God Most High, to God who provides for me.
God send help from heaven to save me,
those who trample upon me.
God send fidelity and love.
must lie down in the midst of lions hungry for human prey.
teeth are spears and arrows;
tongue, a sharpened sword.
yourself over the heavens, God;
your glory appear above all the earth.
have set a trap for my feet;
soul is bowed down;
have dug a pit before me.
they fall into it themselves!
heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast.
will sing and chant praise.
my soul; awake, lyre and harp!
will wake the dawn.
will praise you among the peoples, Lord;
will chant your praise among the nations.
your love towers to the heavens;
faithfulness, to the skies.
yourself over the heavens, God;
your glory appear above all the earth.
me justice, LORD!
have walked without blame.
the LORD I have trusted;
have not faltered.
me, LORD, and try me;
my heart and mind.
love is before my eyes;
walk guided by your faithfulness.
do not sit with deceivers,
with hypocrites do I mingle.
hate the company of evildoers;
the wicked I do not sit.
will wash my hands in innocence
walk round your altar, LORD,
my voice in thanks,
all your wondrous deeds.
I love the house where you dwell,
tenting place of your glory.
not take me away with sinners,
my life with the violent.
hands carry out their schemes;
right hands are full of bribes.
I walk without blame;
me, be gracious to me!
foot stands on level ground;
assemblies I will bless the LORD.
for Divine Help
the leader; with wind instruments, A psalm of David
my words, O LORD;
to my sighing.
my cry for help, my king, my God!
you I pray, O LORD;
dawn you will hear my cry; at dawn I will plead before you and
are not a god who delights in evil; no wicked person
refuge with you;
arrogant cannot stand before you.
hate all who do evil; you destroy all who speak falsely.
and deceivers the LORD abhors.
I can enter your house because of your great love.
can worship in your holy temple
of my reverence for you, LORD.
me in your justice because of my foes;
straight your way before me.
there is no sincerity in their mouths; their hears are
Their throats are open graves;
their tongues are subtle lies.
them guilty, God;
them fall by their own devices.
them out for their many sins; they have rebelled against you.
all who take refuge in you will be glad
forever shout for joy.
them that you may be the joy of those who love
you, LORD, bless the just;
surround them with favor like a shield.
Prayer for Forgiveness and Guidance
for you, O LORD;
lift up my soul to my God.
you I trust; do not let me be disgraced;
not let my enemies gloat over me.
one is disgraced who waits for you, but only those who lightly
faith. Make known to me you ways, LORD;
me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are
my savior. For you I wait all the long day, because of your
your compassion and love, O LORD;
they are ages old.
no more the sins of my youth;
me only in light of your love.
and upright is the LORD, who shows sinners the way,
the humble the way.
the paths of the LORD are faithful love
those who honor the covenant demands.
the sake of your name, LORD,
my guilt, though it is great.
are those who fear the LORD?
shows them the way to choose.
live well and prosper,
their descendants inherit the land.
counsel of the LORD belongs to the faithful;
covenant instructs them.
eyes are ever upon the LORD,
frees my feet from the snare.
upon me, have pity on me,
I am alone and afflicted.
the troubles of my heart;
me out of my distress.
an end to my affliction and suffering;
away all my sins.
how many are my enemies, se how fiercely they hate me.
my life and rescue me;
not let me be disgraced, for I trust in you.
honesty and virtue preserve me;
wait for you, O LORD.
all its distress!
Prayer for World Peace
God, deliver me from the hate and horrors of this world,
instill in me your peace, that I may proclaim to all
nations of the Earth, your truth, and let us all unite
humanity for all people, so that your will be done, on
as in heaven. Make the chains of oppression weaken
they break, and set free all suffering in bondage.
me in this moment of hope, in the middle of
and discord. Though I live in a world of superficiality,
and arrogance and foolishness, I seek your strength
overcome the mediocrity and rise above it, then let my soul
higher so I may contribute to the cause of Justice,
and equality for all mankind and help me keep my
for without it I would surely be lost.
these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life,
who believe in the name of the Son of God. And we have this
in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he
us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we
we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees
brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray
God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin
not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about
I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin,
there is sin that is not deadly.
know that no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by
he protects, and the evil one cannot touch him.
know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the
of the evil one. We also know that the Son of God has come and
given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in
one who is true, in his Son
Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
be on your guard against idols.
are a few inspirational words
you want to be a "Cracked Pot"?
Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a
which he carried across his neck.
of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect
always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long
from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived
a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
one and a half pots full of water to his master's house.
course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect
the end for which it was made.
the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been
two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke
the Water Bearer one day by the stream.
am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."
asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"
have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my
because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the
back to your master's house.
of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't
full value from your efforts," the pot said.
Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to
the beautiful flowers along the path."
as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of
sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path,
this cheered it some.
at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked
half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its
bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers
on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side?
because I have always known about your flaw, and I took
I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while
walk back from the stream, you've watered them.
two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
my master's table. Without you being just the way you are,
would not have this beauty to grace his house."
of us has our own unique flaws.
all cracked pots.
if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His
God's great economy, nothing goes to waste.
Nothing is by accident (contributed by a God@Work subscriber)
brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry,
a church in urban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about
opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and
much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have
first service on Christmas Eve.
worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc.,
18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On Dec 19 a terrible
a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st,
pastor went over to the church. His heart sunk when he saw that
leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 6 feet by 8 feet to fall
wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do
postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he
that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so
stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory
table cloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a cross
right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole
the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.
this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the
was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her
wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later She sat in a
paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to
up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe
it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was
a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to
if the initials, EBG were crochet into it there. They were. These were
of the woman, and she had made tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.
woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten
tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband
well to do people in Austria. When the nazis came, she was forced
leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week She was
sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.
pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor
it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the
he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was
in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.
a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was
full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service,
pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that
would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the
continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor
why he wasn't leaving.
man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it
to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in
before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike?
told the pastor how the nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for
and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a
camp. He never saw his wife or his home again for all the
years in between.
pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride.
drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken
woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of
to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest
reunion he could ever imagine.
Story -- submitted by Pastor Rob Rid
36:14-16, 19-23; Ps 137; Eph 2:4-10; Jn 3:14-21
from God by sin, we sit in darkness, longing for the light of
Far from home, we weep rivers of tears. The songs of joy once sung are
silent. How can we rejoice in a foreign land? Searching our memories we
recall God's fidelity. Over and over God sent messengers to warn us,
we mocked them and despised their counsel. Too late we mourn our loss:
"How could we forget you?" Yet God is rich in mercy.
must not make the same mistake again and think this gift is our reward.
reminds us that our reward is not due to something we have done. It is
through God's love that the world is saved. We have heard the words so
often, our ears are dulled to their meaning. We need to be reminded:
sent Jesus to us because God loves us. The paradoxical sign of this
is the cross. Moses gives us a glimpse of what this means. When the
bitten by venomous snakes in the desert, cry out to be saved. God tells
Moses to mount a replica of the serpent on a staff. All who look
at this instrument of suffering are healed. We have a
We can die in the toxic poison of sin or turn to look upon Christ's
on the cross and be saved. We must not fear to examine ourselves. There
is healing in that wonderful light.
Am I an instrument of God's love in the world, or am I a sign of
What healing do I need?
. .Fr. Fred
31:31-34, Ps 51: Heb 5:7-9, Jn 12-20-33
we are faithful to God's law, God does not break the covenant.
offers a whole new covenant. Our hearts grow cold as tablets of stone,
broken open so that God's word can be placed within us. Create in
a clean heart." We pray as we scrutinize ourselves. "Wash me from
guilt, cleanse me of my sin."
knows how hard-hearted we are; he shares our flesh, our prayers
our tears. Jesus is willing to offer his life on our behalf. He
to be saved from this hour; it is the very purpose for which he came.
"hour" it is lifted up is not self-glorification but an inglorious
knows that holding on to life serves no one. To love one's life to the
of all else is to lose it. to let go of one's life is to gain something
infinite value. Because he learned obedience from what he suffered,
the source of new life for us all.
baptism has a profound sense of this mystery of Christ's
and rising. The new life that emerges from the tomb is far more
than we can ever imagine.
does my heart need to be cleansed and recreated?
do I see signs of new life?
9:26-31; Ps 22; 1 Jn 3:18-24; Jn 15:1-8
us a voice to sing your praise throughout this season of joy!" we
It takes a lot of courage to tell our story in the midst of the
Paul had to testify to a community he had persecuted, and the
had to swallow its pride in order to accept Paul as one of their own.
stood between them as mediator--no wonder they call him 'son of
both sides needed support in order to be reconciled. Only
love and forgiveness can the church make progress in faith and peace.
knows the church is made up of "little children," brothers and
who bicker and squabble. just talking about our problems is not
we must act accordingly. We can be sure that God is with us to heal
forgive despite our differences. When we love others as Jesus loves us,
can see that he is with us through the Spirit.
uses the metaphor of a vine to illustrate how we live in him. A
can produce nothing. Connected to the vine, it can be fruitful. In
to be productive, the barren branches must be pruned. Even the vigorous
must be trimmed so that their yield may increase. What does that mean to
It means we must be willing to say, " I'm sorry. Please forgive me." It
saying. "I forgive your." It also means standing in the middle of a
and assisting both join hands in peace. Jesus says that when we act
him, our lives and communities will bear much fruit. people in all ages
come will reap the harvest of justice we have sown.
is my community a fruitful vine or a dead branch? What do we need
one another in order to bear good fruit?
. .Fr. Fred