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Day 15 of 21 Days Of Prayer

April 22, 2024


As we begin the third week of our 21 days of prayer, we are cognizant of new life springing up around us as Spring overtakes the remnants of Winter. Green replacing brown. Sprouts appearing from roots dormant over the Winter.


Some of this rebirth happens without our intervention. In other cases, much like our Garden Of Eatin', it requires the aid of a gardener. And we need to remind ourselves that we too are sometimes like that garden - stuck in a "winter," awaiting the gardener's touch to bring us back to life. If you have ever found yourself in such a "winter," you will appreciate today's inspiration.


Day 15 – April 22  

Contributed by Rev. David O'Brien


Be The Gardener Of My Soul

by Richard Foster


Spirit of the Living God,

be the Gardener of my soul.

For so long I have been waiting,

silent and still -

Experiencing a winter of the soul.


But now, in the strong

Name of Jesus Christ,

I dare to ask:

Clear away the dead growth of the past,


Break up the hard clods

of custom and routine

Stir in the rich compost

of vision and challenge


Bury deep in my soul

the implanted Word,

Cultivate and water

and tend my heart

Until new life buds

and opens and flowers.


Amen.


Looking Ahead

Lord You are our Lamp and Shield

Your way is perfect,

and Your word is true;

You are our Light and Refuge.


Some of our prayers on the National Day of Prayer will focus on Education


Our Teacher, the Way, and the Truth,

we, Your disciples and students.

As You have taught us to pray,

we lift up Your Word,

lighting up Education in our prayers.


Proverbs 2: 1-6

My son, if you accept my words

and store up my commands within you,

turning your ear to wisdom

and applying your heart to understanding

and if you call out for insight

and cry aloud for understanding

and if you look for it as for silver

and search for it as for hidden treasure,

then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom

and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.


May God continue to bless our prayer journey together.


Board of Deacons

United Church of Colchester

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