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Please pray for poppy. She isn’t well. Vets don’t know why and she’s now fitting.

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A Bloggers Lord’s Prayer

I was given this on my return from my holiday and thought people may also like to read it…I don’t know where they found it…but I believe Andrew Jones wrote it…

A BLOGGERS PRAYER

Our Father
who lives above and beyond the dimension of the internet
  
Give us this day a life worth blogging,
The access to words and images that express our journey with passion and integrity,
And a secure connection to publish your daily mercies.
Your Kingdom come into new spaces today,
As we make known your mysteries,
Posting by posting,
Blog by blog.
  
Give this day,
The same ability to those less privileged,
Whose lives speak louder than ours,
Whose sacrifice is greater,
Whose stories will last longer.
  
Forgive us our sins,
For blog-rolling strangers and pretending they are friends,
For counting unique visitors but not noticing unique people,
For delighting in the thousands of hits but ignoring the ONE who returns,
For luring viewers but sending them away empty handed,
For updating daily but repenting weekly.
  
As we forgive those who trespass on our sites to appropriate our thoughts without reference,
Our images without approval,
Our ideas without linking back to us.
   
Lead us not into the temptation to sell out our congregation,
To see people as links and not as lives,
To make our blogs look better than our actual story.
   
But deliver us from the evil of pimping ourselves instead of pointing to you,
From turning our guests into consumers of someone else’s products,
From infatuation over the toys of technology,
From idolatry over techology
From fame before our time has come.
   
For Yours is the power to guide the destinies behind the web logs,
To bring hurting people into the sanctuaries of our sites,
To give us the stickiness to follow you, no matter who is watching or reading.
Yours is the glory that makes people second look our sites and our lives,
Yours is the heavy ambience,
  
For ever and ever,
Amen
  
Written by Andrew Jones

 

If we stay silent

I was looking for a meditation for today and came across the Engage website for alternative worship.  I found this liturgy which I thought was beautiful and powerful…

If we remain silent,
who will rise up?

If we close our eyes
and turn our heads,
who will see the injustice?

If we wring our hands
and shuffle our feet,
who will act with mercy?

What if we were called
for such a time as this,
to see through different eyes
and move to a different drum.

Father, give us your strength,
at such a time as this,
to lead distinctive lives,
and see your Kingdom come.

(c) Sam Hargreaves/engageworship.org

My time with you

    
They say that time will ease the pain
But grief will last much longer,
I only know that I loved her so
And the memories grow stronger.
        
There’s an emptiness inside me
A void that can’t be filled,
There’s a hope for a life hereafter
And a love that can’t be killed.
       
There’s a bond that can’t be broken
Forged throughout the years,
These feelings deep within me
Won’t be washed away by tears.

Allan Brigden

In Enduring Sharing Loving edited by Marilyn Shawe

No grace left

 

Give me the grace to believe
that those who tell me they know best
what path I must take to find freedom
do not know
how their words entrap me

Give me the grace to believe
that those who tell me,
outraged,
what true faith is
and why mine isn’t
do not know
how their words diminish and oppress

Give me the grace to believe
that those who judge every word I say
and find each thought inadequate
are believers in the same
life and love
as me.

 I found this searching for something else – whoever wrote it……
thank you

Lenten Prayer

I came across this prayer for Lent on Godspace

We have chosen to fast
Not with ashes but with actions
Not with sackcloth but in sharing
Not in thoughts but in deeds
We will give up our abundance
To share our food with the hungry
We will give up our comfort
To provide homes for the destitute
We will give up our fashions
To see the naked clothed
We will share where others hoard
We will free where others oppress
We will heal where others harm
Then God’s light will break out on us
God’s healing will quickly appear
God will guide us always
God’s righteousness will go before us
We will find our joy in the Lord
We will be like a well watered garden
We will be called repairers of broken walls
Together we will feast at God’s banquet table

by Christine Sine

Dear God

This is quite true and also very funny and I’m very sorry to the author as I can’t remember where I found it…

Dear God

So far today I have done all right.
I haven’t gossiped.
I haven’t lost my temper.
I haven’t been greedy, grumpy,
nasty, selfish or overindulgent.
I am very thankful for that!
But in a few minutes, Lord,
I am going to get out of this bed,
And from then on,
I’m probably going to need a lot more help.

Amen