Lord, we thank You for the countless gifts in our lives and in the lives of those around us. It’s You who truly defines what a “gift” is in our life. Thank You for placing special gifts in every one. There are gifts required on this earth that I could never do, nor was I meant to. That blessing is for someone else to share with another, perhaps even for my benefit one day. If we were to just sit and think about all the gifts You place within those around us, it would radically change the way we see the world.
How gifts get used, why they get used, when they get used; all of it would either, point to You – or it wouldn’t. It all comes from You, so why wouldn’t it point to You?
Exploitation can be a powerful tool. What can it do Lord, when it gets in the wrong hands…. or the blind hands? Integrity is the fuel that can power it for good. It’s how good can conquer evil. Teach us how to take the gravity of a situation and use it to propel the goodness to a new plain.
“In this way, they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them. And they will know that they, the people of Israel, are my people, says the Sovereign Lord. You are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”” Ezekiel 34:30-31 NLT
The gifts You undeservedly bless us with should be a reflector that receives Your light and shines it back on You. It will do the >good< that You designed it to be.
The gifts of, Your body, will care for and nurture the sick and the blind. It will teach and raise. It will tear down what should be, and build what’s missing. It will give courage to the bold who wait in insecurity. It will wait when required and go when needed. It will celebrate the joy in the blessing of You in our life.
Lord we pray for the I Heart Wyoming partner in Laramie County, Frontier United Methodist. We pray for the 55,132 people who have yet to claim a church in this county. May You Lord, expand, elevate and reinforce the credibility of the local church in this county.
The time to stop following the behaviors of the world have come, the time to live a new life has come! We pray in the name of Christ Jesus! Amen.