We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Everyone goes through difficult times we may become discouraged and want to quit. Following Jesus is no different. But it is important that we keep on trying. Think about what our world would have missed if people did not continue trying.
Did you know that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was a single parent on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, was published. When she was trying to get it published, she was so poor she couldn't afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO's eight year old daughter fell in love with it. Without her persistence, no one would have heard of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron Weasley, Snape or Dumbledore.
Moses in the Old testament stuttered yet with God's help he led Israel from Egypt to the promised land and his mission created the foundation for our Jewish and Christian faiths. With God's help and the love of family and friends we can overcome just about anything.
God of Love,
You take us as we are, may we persevere in sharing Your story with our world.
God of the journey, you walk with us each day. Help us to persevere in staying with you on this amazing and sometimes confusing journey and use our gifts to help others.
We step slowly into our day in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lent is a time to do more with our lives through acts of kindness and caring.
This day, we hear Paul's letter to the Corinthians:
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Lent is a time to consider God's love for us. In Lent we pray and look honestly at ourselves to discover who we have become and what we need to work on to become the loving and wise children of God. Ask yourself: How can I show hope and love for God, others and to myself?
Let's pray: Jesus help us to grow in your love so we may be move caring to you, one another, our world and ourselves. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
We root our day in the love of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.