Hosanna

On this day of great rejoicing,
Lord Jesus Christ,
when we welcome You as our King and Savior,
we also walk in the shadow
of Your cross.
Hosanna! we cry.
Blessed are You
who come in God’s name to save us.
Hosanna!
Strengthen our faith
on this Palm Sunday
so that when the time comes
to carry the cross
we might still call out to You
with heartfelt praise.
Give us the grace and the courage
to follow You this Holy Week
from death to resurrection,
from darkness to the fullness of light.
We need You, Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Hosanna!
Amen.

Praise From a Tiny Soul

I praise you, Blessed God, King of the universe,
who grants me breath and life and health,
who lifts me up when I am down,
who shows infinitely more mercy to this wretched sinner than I deserve,
who holds me and my family in the palm of your hand,
who has given me a meaningful and rewarding vocation (or two),
who forgives, forbears,
understands, undergirds,
upholds, uplifts,
refines, refreshes,
overwhelms, and overflows
my poor, tiny, undeserving soul.

I praise you, Blessed God, King of the universe.

Passion

My prayer today for my kids and my grandkids, from the "31 Ways to Pray for Your Kids" app for iPhone and iPad.

For the Nevers

Never deployed an airbag.
Never spent a night in jail.
Never bailed a kid out of jail.
Never been robbed at gunpoint.
Never thrown up on a plane.
Never been drunk.
Never been high (chemically, at least).
Never had a kidney stone.
Never lost a million bucks.
Never been foreclosed.
Never forsaken
or forgotten
by you.
Thank you.
Amen.

Another Psalm 17

Let my cause be just, O Lord.
Let my actions please you.
Let this prayer that I pray reflect your agenda, not mine.

I face a decision.
I am preparing to open my mouth.
Let my words come from You;
Let Your eyes inspect and test
my heart and mind.
You have visited me in the night;
You have thrown up no stop signs that I can see.
Let me not sin with my mouth--
or with my typing fingers.
Keep me from being made a fool by the destroyer.
Guide my every step,
Keep my feet from stumbling.

I call. You hear.
I ask. You answer.
You know my need.
I trust in you.

Keep me as the apple of Your eye.
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.

Let me stand for what is right,
not just for what I want.
Make me humble but strong,
gracious but firm.
Save me from the fear of man.
Deliver me from the need to be nice.
Align me with You.
Shut my mouth before I say something wrong,
and shut my mouth when I have said enough.

Let me reflect Your likeness
in what I do and say.
Amen.

Unnecessary Things

O God, teach me how to dispense with unnecessary things.

(a prayer of Toyohiko Kagawa)

A Prayer from Home

Lord God, I thank you that I am home.

Thank you that I have no flight to catch today,
that I have no distance to drive,
that I will sleep in my own bed tonight,
that I will be here to kiss my wife goodnight.

Thank you that I have no worries about
traffic jams,
detours,
delays,
connections,
and luggage.

Thank you that I will not spend $2 for bottled water,
$5 for a "value meal,"
and $10 to park my car.

Thank you for days like these,
when I am a non-traveler.