God of spring, come. It is in spring that there is new life, and some of Your children need new life today. They have gotten caught in the winter of their lives and something has convinced them that winter will last forever. The life-giving sun in their lives is hidden behind clouds of pessimism. Remind them, God, that there is light above the clouds; not even the thickest clouds can keep the sun from rising. Remind them that there is sun and thus new life in their lives but that they have to keep lifting their eyes higher and higher in order to keep them from looking down or inward, where there is so little light. Infect Your children with a contagion of hope, especially those who have stopped believing in spring. When they look down, guide the light of Your sun to pull them toward You, as plants lean toward light. Wipe the crust from their eyes which keep them from seeing the whole picture in their situations. God of spring, come. Amen.
God who helps us “through,” come. There are so many of us who are in a place where we do not want to be. We are caught in thickets of remorse, thickets of shame or guilt, thickets of yearning for a person or a situation which we are not meant to have or to be. In holding on to things we should let go of, we are letting the things You have put in place for us pass us by, and we have been convinced ourselves that we where we are is where You must want us to be! Lord, in Your mercy, help us to shake from our beings and out of our spirits the lies which we ingest and digest! Help us to realize that yes, we do get to valleys and wildernesses, but that we are meant to go through the valley and wildernesses, not stay there. Help us to want to “be over it.” Help us to yearn for a new testimony, a new song, a new life, a slew of new experiences. Help us to believe in You and believe that You are walking with us. We need ourselves to be whole. We cannot do what You want for us to do if we resign ourselves to situations that weigh us down. And so, Lord, we call on You to help us get “through.” Help somebody to be able to say – soon – “I’m so over it!” and thus, be free! Help us to move in harmony with You. Lord who helps us get “through,” please come. Amen.
God of all that lives, come. On this day, we pause to thank You for the opportunity to have awakened. We thank You for being able to move, though for some the movement is difficult. We thank You for life, and on this day, we ask that You anoint our living with Your spirit. In the season of spring, there is a spirit of excitement in the air because spring says newness is not only possible but inevitable. All that live have newness in front of them because You make it so. God, help us to see You in all which is living around us. Help us to hear the difference in the sound of the chirping of the birds; help us to notice the buds on trees and bushes which will soon become new leaves and flowers. Make us able to smell the earth, which is ready to provide the home for the seeds of newness to grow. In the name of new life, help us to step out of our “old ways” into the newness which is ours. Help us to incline our ears toward You and hear You in a new way. Help us to determine that, as there is spring in nature there is spring in human existence. Remind us that no matter what “has been” in our lives, it does not have to become “what is” in our lives. Make us like the buds on the trees, eager to “become” who You have created us to be. In the name of new life, help us to understand life by how life regenerates in nature. Help us to shake off or move away from anyone who would block the Son from us, impeding our growth and newness. Help us to claim the beauty which is us – which we may never have allowed to be born. God of all that lives, come. Amen.
God of new mercies, thank you. Morning by morning, regardless of what is going on in our lives, You give new mercies, many of which we do not see. You prepare a way for us that we finally see; You open our ears so that we hear what we must hear, and You take the blinders off our eyes so that we can see what we need to see. You put new people in our lives that we are now only ready to receive, and You remove other people from our lives who we thought we needed. You give us the capacity to jump the hurdles that in life, we must all scale. You reveal truths to us which at an earlier time we would not have been able to handle. Sometimes, the mercies don’t feel all that good, but always, the mercies You give strengthen us for the journey, and You don’t provide them until we are ready to handle them. New mercies jostle us from our places of comfort. They make us pace as we consider what these new mercies will mean for us. They fill our spiritual lungs with fresh breath and enable us to exhale the toxic air which we have been breathing for far too long. This walk with You is as mysterious as it is powerful. This morning, help us to receive the new mercies you have given us. For these new mercies, we thank You. Amen.
God of the lonely, come. Your children who are lonely are many; they have jobs and family, but they are still lonely and some of them do not know how to change their story, their lives. Their loneliness causes them to sink further into the lives they live, instead of causing them to find a way to dig out, step by step. They have lived small lives, made their worlds too small, listened and/or talked to few people, and their lives reflect their decisions. God, give them crazy faith! Give them that kind of faith and a spiritual boost from where they are to the next step of their lives – maybe the fifth step from where they are now. Give them a sense of indignation at themselves, such that they will be inspired to do something differently from the way they’ve been doing it. Give them courage to have new conversations, to forge new relationships, if not new friendships. Make them get to know the sound of their own voices and the power their voices have. Give them eyes to see sunlight where nobody else does; give them strength to climb the barriers which will be in front of them, trying to keep them where they are. Make them know their worth; make them know they count, and help them to walk in that knowledge. God on this day, come to the lonely. Amen.