Daily Meditations

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them the path to follow.  – Ps 25:9

Reflection.  Most of us know when we are being used.  Be kind, but be careful.  Jesus went so far as to make excuses for His executioners; He said, “They do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34).

Prayer.  Father, help me to excel in kindness, even if it opens me to being hurt once in a while. 

Do not deprive yourself of the good things today.  – Sir 14:14

Reflection.  Make some time for your brain and your body to recuperate from the stress of life.  Find new ways to be more playful, but don’t turn play into work.  “Let go and let God [be God].”

Prayer.  Lord, help me to smell the roses and enjoy the children at play. 

Clothe yourselves with the new self-created in God’s image, in the way of uprightness and holiness that belong to the truth.  – Eph 4:24

Reflection.  “Know thyself.”  To be made in God’s image is to reflect that all-powerful image to all those around you.  At the deepest level, you are holy, within the holiness of God.

Prayer.  Father, You are my maker and I am Your child.  Help me to know my purpose and destiny. 

I keep the Lord always before me, for with Him at my right hand I will never fall.  Therefore, my heart is glad and my soul rejoices.  – Ps 16:8-9

Reflection.  The willingness to receive the gift of God’s love and joy is a necessary prelude to happiness both in this world and forever in the next.  Be your own best friend.

Prayer.  Dear God, teach me how to avoid being my own worst enemy.  Teach me self-love. 

Those who wait for the Lord … shall run and not be weary.  – Isa 40:31

Reflection.  Every positive, uplifting thought you hold in mind becomes a prayer.  Choose the life-affirming words of Jesus as your guide through life.  Do not be afraid.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, I will wait on Your word, and renew my strength in Your promises. 

Which of those three … was a neighbor to the man?  … “The one who showed him mercy.” – Lk 10:36, 37

Reflection.  The parable of the Good Samaritan is a lesson in charity.  The traveler was robbed, beaten, and left for dead.  The Samaritan took him to an inn and paid his bill.  Being a neighbor to a stranger is a way of showing the love of God.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, help me to be a good Samaritan to those in desperate need. 

Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.  – Rom 12:15

Reflection.  People always say, “Don’t cry” to those experiencing sorrow.  But “don’t cry” can mean “I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings.”  It’s better to say, “Go ahead and cry, I”m here at  your side to comfort you.”

Prayer.  Lord of life, teach me how to be a true friend to those in need.

Entrust your cares to the Lord, and He will uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to waver. – Ps 55:23

Reflection.  Trusting God will relieve you of a heavy burden.  You do not have to force a particular outcome.  Let the Lord bring about the “right” outcome whatever that might be.

Prayer.  Dear Jesus, I find it so hard to let go; give me the strength to relax my grip and to place my trust in You. 

No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.  – Jn 15:13

Reflection.  We honor soldiers because they are ready to lay down their lives to protect us.  The same is true for law enforcement officers.

Prayer.  Jesus, help me to appreciate the sacrifices of those who defend us.

You desire sincerity of heart, and You endow my innermost being with wisdom.  – Ps 51:8

Reflection.  Soldiers are honored because they are prepared to die to save others.  Jesus does not condemn soldiers who fight in a just war.  A soldier does not hate those who oppose him in battle.  They are public enemies of his nation and must be defeated.  It is his duty to defend others.

Prayer.  Jesus, help me to love my personal enemies and to pray for them. 

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