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Friday Prayer, July 1, 2016


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Gracious God,

You bring us gifts of solace and encouragement at the close of another week.

Some of the week’s events bruised our hearts, some discouraged our hopes, some pierced us with panic, some caused us to shut down…

And so, God, it is grace – it is gift – it is life – that you embrace us with love, meeting our souls in their most tender places.

You come to us in our longing and our angst as we process the week and wonder how long we’ll face these circumstances.

When our temptation, gentle God, is to ask, “When?” or “How long?” please bring our breathing back to a centered rhythm that’s focused on the present – that’s focused on you and your goodness.

Please use all that we’ve experienced this week, Lord, to help us bloom and blossom in this present day. We are yours.

In the name of our Brother, Friend, and Savior, Jesus, Amen.



  1. Will Clark

    And dear God, Holy Spirit, we are so thankful for the good things that fill our lives; for the beauty of this earth, for the wonder of the universe, for the love and peace that we receive from our closest friends, for the absolute joy that comes from the laughter of children. Be with us in this coming week and help us to share these gifts with all who we come in contact with. Keep us, Holy Spirit, in your loving heart and in your care.

    • ariannelehn

      Thank you for this lovely addition, Will!

  2. Joanne S. Beatty

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and helpful prayer.

    • ariannelehn

      Thank you, Joanne!

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