One Sunday morning, at the age of 9, sitting on the front row of a little, old country church in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, my life was forever changed.
Grandpa was playing the guitar and Grandma was playing the piano (chords only), both singing from the top of their lungs, "I'll Fly Away O Glory." This particular Sunday morning was special, not because of their beautiful voices, or the wonderful hymns being corporately sung, but because, from that platform, they were radiantly beaming and all I knew was I wanted what they had; Love, all wrapped up in God's greatest gift to humanity, Jesus Christ.
So, my prayer today is ...
O God, you have proven to all of humanity your love by giving us your Son, Jesus Christ who has illuminated our lives by the radiance of His presence.
We give you thanks for Jesus' days upon this earth, pointing us to you, our Heavenly Father.
We give you thanks for all the records of Jesus' love toward humanity, every act that demonstrates your love toward us.
We give you thanks for Jesus' Words, for they daily light our paths and direct our footsteps.
We give you thanks for Jesus' obedience unto death, for through His obedience amazing grace is ushered into our lives.
We give you thanks for Jesus' triumph over death, for now we too can walk in His resurrection power, today and into eternity.
Let us remember ... Jesus' eargerness to serve and minister to the very least.
Let us remember ... Jesus' sympathy with suffering of every kind.
Let us remember ... Jesus' simplicity toward life.
Let us remember ... Jesus desire to please only you.
Let us remember ... Jesus' example as he walked this earth.
O God, we ask for your grace to walk in His footsteps.
O God, we ask for your power to overcome the temptations of this world.
O God, we ask for your love to permeate all of our relationships.
O God, we ask for your joy to be expressed in all we do and say.
O God, we ask for your peace to go before us.
O God, we ask these things not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus accomplished.
Thank you for your Son, our greatest gift.