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Jun 20

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your merciful presence in my life. Thank you for touching me with CALM this morning, bringing me a distance away from my multiple troubles and concerns and just letting me rest in you right now. Father, you see all that is in me and of me and before me. I thank you that I can count on you to love me no matter what, and even to delight in me, for my greatest strengths seem to be things that are pleasing to you. Often it seems they are pleasing ONLY to you, which causes me more pain than it should. Lord, please help me to look to you for both my value and my identity, for my sustenance and my support, for my comfort and my strength. You know my heart trusts in you, but I ask you to help me ACT like I trust you completely — to be able to be joyful and light, rejoicing in your wondrous care of little me. Thank you for creating and sustaining me, Oh Lord. Amen.

 
Psalm 5 ERV

To the director: With flutes. A song of David. LORD, listen to me and understand what I am trying to say. 
My God and King, listen to my prayer. 
Every morning, LORD, I lay my gifts before you and look to you for help. And every morning you hear my prayers. 
God, you don’t want evil people near you. They cannot stay in your presence. 
Fools cannot come near you. You hate those who do evil. 
You destroy those who tell lies. LORD, you hate those who make secret plans to hurt others. 
But by your great mercy, I can enter your house. I can worship in your holy Temple with fear and respect for you. 
LORD, show me your right way of living, and make it easy for me to follow. People are looking for my weaknesses, so show me how you want me to live. 
My enemies never tell the truth. They only want to destroy people. Their words come from mouths that are like open graves. They use their lying tongues to deceive others. 
Punish them, God! Let them be caught in their own traps. They have turned against you, so punish them for their many crimes. 
But let those who trust in you be happy forever. Protect and strengthen those who love your name. 
LORD, when you bless good people, you surround them with your love, like a large shield that protects them.

 
Lord, I often feel like every weakness I have is clearly pointed out to me, while the fruit of your Spirit that is my strength usually go either unnoticed or at least unacknowledged. I don’t want praise, Lord, and I do not need any feedback but what I get from your Spirit. Help me to just feel that blessed shield of your Love all around me, strengthening and protecting me. Be my shelter, let me run into you and let it be ENOUGH for my weary soul. Amen.

 

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