Thursday April 28, 2016

All plants and creatures,
All people near and far.

Bless the flowers
That sing praises with their beauty,
The grass
That cushions my step.

Bless those who stand
With loved ones who are sick,
With friends or family who are lost.
Bring healing, bring wholeness.

Bless the world,
Its war-torn places,
Its broken villages,
Its frightened children.

Bless our bodies,
Our hearts,
Our hands,
That we may be blessings
To all we meet.

– Beth A. Richardson

Monday April 25,2016

who comes to us
in the things of this world,
bless your eyes
and be in your seeing.

May Christ,
who looks upon you
with deepest love,
bless your eyes
and widen your gaze.

May the Spirit,
who perceives what is
and what may yet be,
bless your eyes
and sharpen your vision.

May the Sacred Three
bless your eyes
and cause you to see.

– Jan L. Richardson

Saturday April 23, 2016

JESUS OFFERS abundant life, which is far more than just a positive attitude – forcing ourselves to feel happy and outgoing for Jesus when inside we’re miserable and insecure. Abundant life is also different in the same way that a bland inner peace is different from “the peace of God, which surpasses [is more abundant than] all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). …

God gives us abundant “roomy” grace, love, and safety instead of narrow places of distress (for example, Psalm 4:1).

Imagine that you’ve entered a bright clearing or pasture after you’ve walked a treacherous path, or you enter a bright, expansive ballroom from a narrow hallway. Jesus gives you life – more life than you need, “extra” life, generous life that overflows, “wide” life. Such life includes the eternal life that overcomes the pain and sorrow of physical death. But Jesus’ abundant life also precedes the grave: you have God’s life right now, helping, guiding, instructing, convicting, and invigorating you, filling you with joy.

Thursday April 21, 2016

TODAY, MAY YOU know love.
May you know happiness.
May you know peace.

Today, may you be open.
May you be safe.
May you be blessed.

Today, may you feel uplifted.
May you feel serene.
May you feel joy.

A thousand, thousand prayers,
A thousand, thousand blessings,
On you, and you, and you.

– Beth A. Richardson

Wednesday April 20, 2016

JESUS TAUGHT that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, but we often fail to love the self we were given at birth. In giving us the Golden Rule, Jesus reflected a psychological truth: unless we practice compassion for our own souls, we will always struggle to truly love others.

– Stephanie Ford