It’s only the mere beginning of 2017, yet the world seems to feel a bit tired, a bit anxious, even a bit hurt. In these moments, however, I am reminded of the power and necessity of prayer, the chance to say I don’t know it all but I know the One who does. And that is what I want to offer within this space today, a silent prayer.

Dear God,

Your word tells us: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

May we always remember to quiet our wandering hearts and seek your face.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”

Please give us eyes to see and hearts to love those who hurt in our communities.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”

May we continue to walk in confident humility as we passionately pursue you here on this earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”

Please increase our desire for your goodness, your grace, and your love.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy”

May we continue to love others because you first loved us.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”

Please remind us of your perfect ways and truth even when we don’t understand.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”

May we live lives that demonstrate your goodness and your grace to the world around us.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Please help us to persevere in times of trial. When the road feels entirely too difficult may we always remember that you are with us.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Lord, as we live these lives in anxious expectation of your return please help us to hear your voice, seek your face, and love your people fiercely. May we never cease delighting in you!

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Natalie //

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