Prayers

A Prayer of Angie Smith’s:

Lord,

Life can be so hard.

We are so fragile…

all of us one breath away from eternity.

We forget until tragedy comes

and we are reminded

how we are all like flowers of the field.

And yet, You love us.

You value us.

You gave Your life for us.

But You also allow us

to be broken.

How do we make sense of that?

Where is the beauty in the shattered pieces?

We want You to make

something lovely of our lives

but more often it is more like a mosaic—

beauty out of a million broken pieces—

than the flawless work of art we imagine.

So, help us, Lord.

Give us strength in our brokenness.

Let us say with Job,

“Though He slay me,

yet will I trust Him.”

Is there a harder prayer to pray?

I do not know of one.

Come to us, take our pieces,

use them for Your purposes

Until we see, as You do,

The beauty in the brokenness.

A Prayer of Holley Gerth’s

Lord,

Thank you that you are not only the God of sunny skies,

you are Lord of the rain in our lives as well.

So I come to you on behalf of your daughter

whose heart is hurting today.

I ask that you would draw her close to you.

Shelter her with your love,

protect her with your peace,

keep her safe in your strength.

May every drop that falls bring forth

life, growth, and unexpected beauty

like spring flowers after storms.

Wherever she may be as she reads these words,

may she know she is loved and prayed for…

I may not know her name but I hope I one day I will.

And on this day, you know not only her name

but how many hairs are on her head

and how many cares are in her heart.

So I place your daughter in your loving hands

and ask you to bless and strengthen her today.

Amen.

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