Your love and mercy are boundless, LORD. Your ways are perfect. Creation will sing your praises forever. The winds blow, and seasons turn. Your love and kingdom shall never end. Praise to you, Yahweh, King of endless glory!
Praise to you, Jehovah Rapha (The Lord who heals), for you are the Almighty Healer. Thank you, Jesus Redeemer, for healing us so we are not only restored to our physical health, but also our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We move and have our being while rejoicing, knowing it is only because of your love, mercy, and miraculous healing we are here today. Like the healing of Aeneas, our healing also will bring others to know your healing love for them.
We enter your sacred prayer space carrying the filth of foul language and hurtful thoughts and actions. We fall short of our own expectations and take our frustrations out on you and others. We cast blame and condemnation as we focus on our circumstances. You meet us here and invite us to rest in your embrace. We feel your love and forgiveness flowing through and around us, washing away the filth. You guide us to focus on you instead of our circumstances and self-imposed expectations.
O God of the Sabbath, thank you for the holy habit of rest. You instruct us to be generous with ourselves, others, and creation. You invite us to rest and participate in your loving goodness. We inhale your loving breath and exhale your love with creation. With joy we embrace the celebration, rest, and restoration.
Today, we invite you to reread, rest and reflect on the prayers of the past week.
Lectionary Readings for Today: