Prayers of Our People

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The following is a collection of prayers from some of our members.

Layman's Ten Commandments

1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2.  Why is a car's windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small?  Because our past is not as important as our future.  So look ahead and move on.

3.  Friendship is like a book.  It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4.  All things in life are temporary.  If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever.  If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5.  Old friends are gold.  New friends are diamond.  If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold - because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold.

6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God similes from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end."

7.  When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn't solve your problems He has faith in your abilities.

8.  A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?"  He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."

9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10.  Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.

~ submitted by John Groh

Thank you for giving me eyes to see 
The wonderful world You made for me,
Thank you for giving me legs to run
Through the wind and rain and sun,
Thank you for giving me fingers to touch
Soft kittens and puppies I like so much, 
Thank you for giving me those I love 
And for watching over me from above.

~ submitted by Marilyn Harvey,
shared by their son when he attended Sunday School

Oh Lord my God, I am simply not worthy
Of the love you have for me,
Of the gift that you have offered,
To live eternally.

For I am a sinner, over and over
Though I know right from wrong
I allow myself to continually be tempted
To stray from your path and follow the throng.

As we strive to offer to those who worship
A haven that's safe and secure
So that all can connect with you in your presence
And find a love so true and pure.

As I look at the cross in front of the church
And think of how you suffered for us
You gave your life, your body, your blood
That we might have a second chance.

Lord give us strength and show us the way
For it's your way that is true
But only with your constant guidance
Can we find our way to you.

~ written by Larry Pedersen

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

In the name of Allah*, the Beneficent, the Merciful
God is Great, God is good
And we thank Him for our food
By His hands we all are fed
Give us, Lord, our daily bread.

~ Submitted by Ron & Ann Rowland,
shared by Abdulqudus Saeed, an African guest in their home

(* Allah is the Arabic name for God used by Arabic-speaking Muslims and Christians)

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