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Join me in my blog entitled The Daily Bread, as I reflect on the mundane and the extraordinary, the trivial and the significant, and discover God is alive and well and as near as our closest breath. I pray these biblically based reflections will encourage and strengthen you, as we strive together to see God in our everyday lives – to know and experience Him more fully. Click here to read my latest post as well as search archived posts.
My recent book, Hand in Hand, Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness, is now available to buy online through my website (see sidebar to the left). I continue to be very excited about the subject matter, ever aware of how many people silently suffer with loneliness, afraid to speak about feelings of loss, rejection, isolation and abandonment. I pray this book of reflections will touch the heartstrings of many, and God’s love and tender presence will be conveyed through its pages.
I have been sustained by the prayers of others, as well as written, organized prayers through many devotionals and guides. They have helped shape my own prayer life. Please find below prayers from various sources, with references.
A friend of mine recently gave me a lovely book full of all kinds of prayers, which read a lot like the psalms – honest, soulful, searching, reaching out for God. The following prayer, “I Want To Belong” could be a companion prayer to my book, Hand in Hand, Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness.
O God, I want so want to belong;
teach me to accept.
I want to be close;
teach me to reach out.
I want a place where I am welcome;
teach me to open my arms.
I want mercy;
teach me to forgive.
I want beauty;
teach me honesty.
I want peace;
show me the eye of the storm.
I want truth; show me the way to question my unquestionable convictions.
I want joy;
show me the way of deeper commitment.
I want life;
show me how to die.
– Ted Loder,
Guerillas of Grace, Prayers for the Battle
(20th Anniversary edition)
Published by Augsburg Books; Minneapolis, MN; 1981; page 78.