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Daily Prayer

September 28, 2021

A daily prayer from the New England Conference

The clergy and laity of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.

You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.

Today's Prayer

Today’ reflection and prayer is based on Job’s wife’s question (Job 1:1, 2:1-10) as the world was falling apart around them: “Do you still persist in your integrity?” My wife of forty years died of cancer about a year ago. No, I didn’t curse God … I didn’t blame God! Yet, I did begin to lose connection with who I am and with what I’ve preached about life, about death … and about life after death. I became afraid that I was slipping into a state of emptiness, of lifelessness, and even of anger and depression. Yet, through grace – through the presence of God working in me and through people around me – I’ve been able to persist in my integrity. I’ve been able to hold on to what I know to be excellent and right and eternal. I feel that I can go on with uncompromising adherence to the divine way of life as revealed and taught by Jesus. I know from real experience now: Things change, but by remaining connected to the means of grace all around us, we can stay aligned – still able to find peace and joy and purpose in the kingdom of God here on earth. And so, I pray – Heart of all life, source of all integrity, revealer of all that is eternal … thank you. Thank you for your Presence all around, especially in people of integrity in the love of Christ. I pray this day for those who are finding it hard to persist in their integrity. May they feel your eternal, healing touch and be lifted up to a renewal of who they are, whose they are, and why they are. It is with the very heart and mind of Christ that we pray. Amen.

Rev. Bob Schneider, Moultonborough UMC, South Tamworth UMC, Tuftonboro UMC; Granite District

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