2018-2019 Morning Prayers

At Bishop Kelley, we begin every morning with a school wide prayer, written and led by our students and faculty. Read them below!

 

1st Quarter

Wednesday, August 15th - Kara Grace Mirando '19

2018-2019 school year is finally here. Freshmen, you’re at the bottom of the food chain, but welcome to bishop kelley and the start of the best 4 years yet. Sophomores, you’re not freshmen anymore! and oh gosh, you can start driving soon…  Juniors, join the top locker club, you now are considered upperclassmen. And Seniors, well this is the last hoorah before we are graduated and off to college, senioritis has already kicked in. 

Life is precious and unexpected. As we go through living each day, it sometimes becomes difficult to wrap our head around the fact that with every move we make and every word we speak, God had that all planned beforehand. His plans are designed with grace, love, and mercy, each with a purpose and with an ending. As Jeremiah 29:11 of the Message version says, “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”  He is there by our side always, taking care of us in mysterious and unknown ways. He knows all and will do all. Although, we may have fear and doubts for the future ahead of us, He does not intend for it to harm us in a way where we cannot grow, but in a way where we are able to become stronger and flourish. God will always take care of us and will never ever leave us. We are His adopted children, unable to be written out of His Will, His plan. We may not know what our future holds, but we do know who holds our future.  So savor each moment in life, rejoicing in the good and rejoicing in the bad, knowing that God loves you unconditionally and will never stop. do not be afraid for what lies ahead because as you take each step, remember that it is a part of a greater more beautiful plan than imaginable.

Let us pray,

God you are so good. thank you for your love and thank your sacrifice. We ask that you give us the strength to pursue life in a fearless way where we are able to have faith and  the peace of mind that you will take care of us in every situation. Open our hearts and our minds to new experiences as we continue on our journey closer to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

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Thursday, August 16th - Zach Lissau '19

This summer I had the task to call the Freshman of the Class of 2022. Some bullet points that I told them was that if they needed anything to not hesitate and ask! When talking to Wads about what I should write for this prayer this morning we got to talking and I realized that we have the same relationship with God. If we need anything we shouldn’t hesitate because he is longing for a relationship with us, and the chance to help us with anything and everything we need. Seems simple but as human beings, we like being in control ourselves and often find it hard to ask for help and to lean on anyone else. But God desires for us to rely on Him for all we need and when we do, he will make smooth, all of our paths.

Let us pray,

God, I pray that we will be taken into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with you, where we will grow in faith and hear the still small voice within our souls. Help us be attentive to your call, that will cause us to walk in your righteousness. Open the eyes of our hearts.  May we see the many blessings you bestow on us, especially the very small ones that we sometimes take for granted. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

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Friday, August 17th - Monse Solorzano '19

Today, I will read you a story I found on NPR, so sit tight, more like stand, and listen. 

Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year old social worker ends his hour-long Subway commute one stop early just so he can eat dinner at his favorite diner. But one night as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn. He was walking towards the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife. 

“He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz said.  As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, ‘Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.” The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim like, “What's going on here?,” Diaz said. “He asked me, ‘Why are you doing this?’” Diaz replied, “If you’re willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, I wanted to go get dinner and if you really want to join me.. Hey, you’re more than welcome.” Diaz says he and the teen went into the dinner and sat in a booth.

“The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say, ‘Hi’”, Diaz says. “The kid was like, ‘You know everyone here. Do you own this place?’” ‘No, I just eat here a lot,’ Diaz says he told the teen. “He says, ‘But you’re even nice to the dishwasher.’” Diaz replied, “Well, haven’t you been taught you should be nice to everybody?” “Yeah, but I didn’t think people actually behaved that way,” the teen said.

Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. “He just had almost a sad face,” Diaz says.

The teen couldn’t answer Diaz --- or he didn’t want to. When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, “Look, I guess you are going to have to pay for this bill ‘cause you have my money and I can’t pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I’ll gladly treat you.” The teen ‘didn’t even think about it’ and returned the wallet. Diaz says he asked for something in return -- the teen’s knife -- which he gave to him.

Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, “You’re the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch.” “I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”

Let us pray. Lord, you give us so many blessings in this world that we overlook in our busy-filled lives. Help us to acknowledge our gifts, and to share them with others. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen

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Monday, August 20th - Parker Ross '19

St. Bernard was an adviser of popes, preacher of the Second Crusade, defender of the faith, healer of a schism, reformer of a monastic Order, Scripture scholar, theologian, and eloquent preacher. His ability as an arbitrator and counselor became widely known and he was lured away from the monastery to settle long-standing disputes. He was such a great preacher that the Holy See called upon Bernard to preach the Second Crusade throughout Europe.

Bernard’s life in the Church produced far-reaching results, but he knew that they would have availed little without the many hours of prayer and contemplation that brought him strength and heavenly direction. His life was characterized by a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. His sermons and books about Mary are still the standard of Marian theology. Let us pray.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

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Tuesday, August 21st - Mika Ramos '20

Summer ended exactly one week ago. It was a time full of potential growth and renewal. Some times were spent with the people you love, maybe you traveled to new and exciting places, or maybe you spent most of your time catching up on sleep from the hours you missed during the previous school year. For me, this summer was full of the Lord’s reckless love. As I sat down to write this morning prayer, I thought to myself, “what were a few things that I learned or realized throughout the summer that I could share with you all?”. Well here goes...

He took a crown of thorns, to give us a crown of glory. He took the nails we pierced his hands with, & engraved our names on his palms. When they cast lots on His robe, He said, give me your rags, and I will clothe you in righteousness. When we chanted “crucify him”, and die. He said child, you are mine, so live. His grace is free, but it was never cheap. He bought our freedom at the cost of His own death. He bought freedom, not so that we could be free to do our will, follow our path, or live out our aspirations.

He bought it so that we could live for and in Him, So that we could worship what our hearts were created to worship. Our hope was never meant to be in the things of the earth, Our lives were never meant for comfort. May we never grow comfortable in our sin, In our pride, In our fear of man, In the times we love out of desire to be loved in return, In our apathy, In our desire to please, rather than to give truth.

Let us pray. Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. We thank you for each other & the life you have given each of us. May each of us be granted the humility to believe that you have paid our debt and love us fiercely,  And the thankfulness to live lives where You are amplified as the most precious of all. Make our hearts ones that understand our own works are not our value. Make our hearts ones so overcome by the love of your Son,  that the only thing we would want to do is love and serve You. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Wednesday, August 22nd - Mr. Tim Wymore

What’s in a name?  As any reader of Shakespeare knows, Juliet argues that it shouldn’t matter that Romeo, her star-crossed lover, is a Montague.

But names do matter.  As we say in PC-4 during our study of Genesis, our own names are important to us.  When someone calls your name, you answer.  If someone calls you a name that is not your own, then you don’t.  Teachers and students both, especially this time of year, know how important it is to learn the names of the people we have class with.  And we all strive to live up to the good names we have each been given. 

Think for a second about why it is so important that God gave a human being the great responsibility of naming the different animals in God’s creation.  Think about the awesome responsibility parents have when they name their children.  And then think about how much good each and every one of us can do when we name the many good qualities that we see in each other.

For a long time I wondered about the meaning of that first petition in the Lord’s prayer.  Think about it next time, and don’t just gloss over it: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name - we are saying, may your name be holy.  Not that we make God holy, but we can and do and should respect the name of the Lord - whether you relate to Him as the Lamb of God or the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Son of Man or the Almighty.  And when we name - for each other - the amazing, unending goodness that is God, we help each other live out the love that God intends for each one of us. 

Let us pray. Lord, you call each of us by name.  Please help us, with your grace, to respond to your loving call this day, and help us to name all that is good, especially in those who are near to us.  Amen.

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Thursday, August 23rd - Russ Hembrey

I‘ve been thinking about what it means to be the hands and feet of God.  We’re taught every day that we’re here to turn our faith into action to help others.  God gave us the desire and the physical ability to help our neighbors.  But the flip side of that coin is that, sometimes, we also need to recognize our own needs and humbly accept help from others.  I struggle a lot with that.  I like to think I’m pretty self-sufficient, and I like helping others, so it can be hard for me to put my pride aside and remember that sometimes I need help too.

You’ve probably all heard the story of the man whose house was flooding, but today you get to hear it again.  As the rains fell and the flood waters rose, a fire truck rolled down the street and offered to give the man an escape to higher ground.  He replied “No thanks, I have faith that God will save me.”  Later, as the man took refuge on his second floor, a boat came by and the boat driver again offered him a way out.  He again said “No thanks. I believe that God will answer my prayers and save me.”  In his last desperate hour, the man was on his roof and a helicopter hovered overhead offering him a last chance at safety. He yelled up “I’m good. God knows what I need.”  Hours later, the man drowned and found himself in the presence of Almighty God. He had to ask: “God, I had faith right to the end.  Why didn’t you save me?”  God replied “I sent a fire truck, a boat and a helicopter.  What did you want?”

Wow, am I that guy in the house? Sometimes, part of our faith journey is being the helper, and sometimes part of that journey is giving others the opportunity to be the helper.  Let us pray.

All knowing and loving God, thank you for kindling the desire to help in the hearts of your people.  Help us to understand when we should act as your hands and feet, and when we should recognize others doing your work on our behalf.  While it is more blessed to give than to receive, the giving is pointless without someone to receive it.

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Friday, August 24th - Mr. Dave Saunders

Here in the US we use “buddy” or “homey” for the word friend; or how about “bestie”. In the UK you might hear “mate” or, slightly old fashioned now, “chum”. In Australia you would also hear “mate” alot and “cobber”. In Scotland the term “pal” is frequently used. Yes today I am talking about friends.

 Quote 1; I want to be the reason you look down at your phone and smile; then walk into a pole.

Quote 2; If I send you my ugly selfies, our friendship is real.

Quote 3; Best friends are people who make your problems their problems, just so you don`t have to go through them alone 

Friendship stats 

1)    In your life, you will have approximately 396 friendships, but only 36 will truly last. Those 36 that stick around must be pretty special.

2)    We lose half of the friends in our friendship group every 7 years. If a friendship lasts over 7 years, you will most likely have that friend for life.

You probably know the parable of the 4 friends who were desperate to get their paralysed friend to Jesus but couldn`t because Jesus was speaking in a house that was so crowded there was no way in. But these friends didn`t want to give up and so they climbed up onto the roof and with their bear hands made a hole in the roof then able to lower their friend down to the feet of Jesus.

Here is the incredible thing, when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralysed man, “Son your sins are forgiven.” The man got up and ran out of the house. What great friends. Are you a friend that perseveres for your bestie? We need our friends and we need Jesus as our friend.

Let us pray using the words of a very old hymn called, “ What a friend we have in Jesus. 

What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer

Oh what peace we often forfeit of what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations is there trouble anywhere

If we have don't be discouraged take it to the Lord in prayer

AMEN

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Tuesday, August 28th - Mika Ramos '20

Stress. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Some of us may already be feeling stress. We’re two full weeks into the school year, tests are coming up, and homework is starting to pile up. As hard as stress can be, it can also cause us to turn away from the Lord.

 

On my way to school this morning I was listening to a song call “God I Look to You” by Bethel Music. The song goes like this:

“God, I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed

Give me vision to see things like You do

God I look to You, You’re where my help comes from

Give me wisdom, You know just what to do.

And I will love You, Lord, my strength

I will love You, Lord, my shield

I will love You, Lord, my rock forever

All my day I will love You, God.”

 

So today Bishop Kelley and all the school days to come, I challenge you to look to God. Give whatever it is, whatever you’re holding onto all to Him and He will give you peace.

 

Let us pray, Lord, thank you for this beautiful day. We pray that you will help us to turn to you in times of stress or anxiety. Help us to understand that You are eternally good, and You are in control. We thank you for your constant blessings and grace. We pray for a great rest of the school year where we can grow and strengthen our relationship with You. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

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 Wednesday, August 29th - Parker Ross '19

Over the next ten weeks the volleyball team is learning 10 life lessons from the book “An Astronauts Guide to Life On Earth” by Chris Hadfield.  Last wednesday was week number three and the lesson was aiming for zero. People will view you in 1 of 3 ways in life, a zero, a plus one, and a minus one. In life we are all aiming for zero. Now you might think aiming for zero means that you are aiming to be nothing.  That is not true. In our spiritual life being a zero means that you are living your life through Christ without drawing attention to yourself. You are growing your relationship without making sure everyone knows that you are doing it. You are doing it very humbly. If you are a  plus one, you're doing everything that the Christian life requires you to do. However if you begin to think of yourself as more holy than the ones around you will then drop to a minus one. On the other hand you are a minus one when you don’t live your life in a way that could draw others closer to Christ and your actions might even push them away completely. Now, if we are all zeros in our spiritual lives, then we will can and will build up the body of Christ, living out our faith in a way that draws others to Christ. Let’s all aim for zero. Let us pray.

 

Father God grant us the strength to be humble with our love for you and our desire to get to know you more. We pray that you allow us to lead a life that would draw us and others closer to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

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Tuesday, September 4th - Mika Ramos '20

 

We all have that one day. The one day where your alarm doesn't go off, your parents yell at you about grades, you forget to study for a test, etc. We all have that one day that feels like a mistake. In high school and throughout the rest of your life, every single one of us will make mistakes. Mistakes we make can sometimes lead us astray from God. But through God and with God we all have the capability to get back on the path he wants us to be on. On the way to school, i heard a song that could be a good reminder for each of us. The song was called “In Control” by Hillsong Worship. It goes like this:

 

I will trust in only You
No one can add to Your perfection
You're the beginning and the end
More than I can comprehend
There is no one like You, Jesus
I lift my hands to Heaven
Here my heart surrendered
I tell my soul again
You are Lord of all
And though the seas are raging
You will speak and tame them
In You I find my rest
You are in control

 

Let us pray, Lord, we thank you for this beautiful day. We pray that you help us to always remember that You are in total and utter control. Allow us to give you whatever burdens or struggles we may be holding on to. Help us to know you more closely, and love you the way you love us so fully and relentlessly. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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Wednesday, September 5th - Meg Grundy '19

 You wake up late, you catch every red light, you didn’t study for that test, and you have barely done any of your homework. Besides your close friends, you don’t tell anyone what actually went on before you got to school. “You never know what it takes for someone to walk through the door.” This is a phrase that I have heard every year of high school from Coach Ritchie. You never know what the person sitting at the desk beside you had to do to get to where they are today. With this said, if you or your friend is having a less than average day, we are taught to be compassionate, because you really don’t ever know what it took for that person to get out of bed and come through the doors of Bishop Kelley. Just as Christ forgives us, we are taught be kind and forgiving to others. Let us pray,

 

Heavenly Father, allow us to be as compassionate as the air we breathe. Give us the strength to help our brother, especially if he falls by the wayside. Allow us to be a blessing to others as we travel through life’s journey. Aid us in leaving an impact on the people that surrounds us. Change our hearts today, Oh Father, let hatred vanish in Your Holy presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

 

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Thursday, September 6th - Mika Ramos '20

 

 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

 

Pray without ceasing. Many believe that praying without ceasing means non-stop prayer. The Greek word for “without ceasing” does not mean nonstop - but actually means constantly recurring. Ralph Waldo Emerson mode the observation: “It is not only when we audibly address our intentions to the Deity that we pray. We pray without ceasing. Every secret wish is a prayer. Every house is a church; the corner of every street is a closet of devotion. Prayer can be such a powerful thing if we allow it to be. Pray about it, and listen. Give whatever it is you may be struggling with all to Him. Allow him to overwhelm you with his gracious love.

 

So today, Bishop Kelley, and all the days to come, I challenge you to pray without ceasing, and open your hearts and your minds to whatever the Lord may be trying to tell you.

 

Let us pray, Lord, we thank you for blessing each of us with another day. Help us to know and understand you the way you understand us, and help us to love you in the way that you love us so fully and relentlessly. We pray that you can ease our hearts of any stress or anxiety we may be feeling. We thank you for your countless blessings and grace, and help us to know that you are always there to help us carry our everyday crosses. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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Monday, September 10th - Mrs. Jerri Berna

 

 

In yesterday’s Gospel at Mass, we heard that Jesus healed a man with a speech impediment. This impediment was due to a loss of hearing. However, Jesus showed great care and sensitivity in his encounter with this deaf man. Deaf persons often feel cut off from life and often live in a world of their own due to their disability. However, Jesus opens his world when he heals him.

 

We can also be deaf sometimes… deaf to the things of God. This deafness can cause us to also be cut off from the life that really matters, a life of God. We may hear the word of God but do not put it into practice. We may receive the Eucharist, but not be nourished by it. May we each be open to God’s presence among us so that He might loosen our tongues and touch the ears of our hearts so that we might hear Him and respond with a life lived in Him.

 

Let us pray

Faithful God,

You speak to us each day in Your word proclaimed in our assemblies, in the secret places of our hearts, and in the events of our lives. Open our ears that they may not grow too dull to hear your voice, so that we may bear joyful witness to all we have seen and heard. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

  

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 Tuesday, September 11th - Mrs. Jerri Berna

 

It is hard to believe that 17 years ago today, our nation was under attack.  Most of us students were not yet born and if we were , we were so young we were unaware of the events of 9/11. On the other hand, I'm sure most of our faculty and staff, as well as our parents, can remember exactly where they were when the events of that day unfolded.  On that day, 2,976 people lost their lives in New York City, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. Though 17 years have passed, this is a day that recall’s our nation’s immense compassion, unity and strength. On September 11, 2001, we saw over and over again that the best of humanity will always shine at our darkest moments.

Today, we pause to remember that tragic day and we pray for those left scarred by those terrible events.

Our prayer today is a collection of excerpts from a prayer offered by Pope Benedict XVI when he visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City in 2008. Let us pray.

Lord,

We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died on 9/11. We ask you, in your compassion, to bring healing to the still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope. God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred. God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. We ask all of this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

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 Wednesday, September 12th - Mrs. Jerri Berna

 I get an email every day from a website that gives advice on the spiritual life. I must admit that some days, the topics are not of great interest to me, but one particular day was a good one! The topic was scripture and why one should read it daily. It started by asking, have you ever played in the ocean at waist level? It's amazing how you can be convinced that you've been standing in one place, yet turning to see the spot on the beach where you left all of your stuff is now a quarter mile away will quickly prove your error in judgement. The current was so subtle you weren't even aware you were drifting. Well, this is what it's like sometimes in our world. We're caught up in a current of Materialism, selfishness, immorality, and mindless entertainment that daily nudge us away from God. But the Word of God is like an anchor. Each time you read it, you are putting your anchor in the ground and holding on. It keeps you from drifting. Without grabbing on to this anchor daily, you may be miles away before you realize what happened. In Matthew 7:24, we hear these words, “ Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” So, I invite you to put the practice of reading scripture into your daily routine, so that you might be rock solid and anchored in a faith that will prevent you from being a drifter.

Let us pray

 

Lord,
Increase in us a desire for your Word so that the currents of life will not allow us to drift away from You.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

 

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Monday, September 17th - Kristen Anthamatten '19

 

 To start off off our week, I am going to share a poem with you about the greatest thing God gave us — love. It goes like this:

 

All good things find love at their core.

To be at peace, you must find a way to love your life’s struggles.

To be open, you must love your flaws.

To be joyful, you must love who you have become.

To find clarity, you must love God’s mystery.

To find strength, you must feel the love of the Spirit.

To find true light, you must love your faith.

To be happy, you must love and appreciate the many things God blesses you with.

All good things find love at their core.

 

Reading through that poem every so often makes me to do a reality check- especially when I know that I have been in a bad mood or have been in a rough spot with God. Love affects our lives in so many great ways, and it isn’t as hard to show to others as we might think. We often forget how much the simple words “I love you” can make someone’s day. Even if words aren’t your strength, it is so easy to show others how you feel through your actions by doing small acts of kindness. There may be people in your life that you think are impossible for you to love, and there will always be times that it is difficult to love. But, through our love for others in our toughest times, we find an even deeper love for God.

Let us pray,

 

God, thank you for giving us your unconditional love, even when we don’t deserve it. Be with us when we struggle, and help us to become stronger through our weakness. Let us share your love and give that gift to others, both in words and in deeds. Be with us today, and let us do your work. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

 

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Tuesday, September 18th - Parker Ross '19

What comes to mind when you think about prayer? Do you think of it as a chore or maybe a responsibility? Do you think about the 8 o'clock bell or the short prayers at the beginning of every class? Do you think of your own prayer life? Prayer is important because it builds up our relationship with the lord. Prayer helps us overcome temptations. Prayer helps us determine God’s will. Prayer accomplishes God’s work. Prayer is a weapon of spiritual warfare. And most importantly, prayer is valuable to God.

Yes we pray during church and adoration and at the beginning of every class but when outside of the environments of school and the church, do we take time out of our day to pray. It is a time to privately communicate with God and build a strong foundation in our own relationship with him.

This morning let us each take a moment in silence, to pray individually for those things we have on our hearts……. 30 seconds? We pray for these things through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Thursday, September 20th - Kelsey Griffin '19

A lesser known fact about me is that I am actually a poetry nerd. This morning I want to share with you one of my favorites, a piece by Emily Dickinson:

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin        

Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Notice the number one. That’s all it takes. God doesn’t call us to lead impossible lives. We don’t have to change the world or lead a revolution or save millions of people every single day to make our lives count. We can start with one. Make a conscious effort and try to impact at least one person each day. Do one extra good deed, hold open one door, give one honest compliment, tell one person how much you appreciate them, and let it grow from there. If you can make one person’s day a little brighter, today shall not be in vain.

Let us pray.

God,

You have told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Grant us the compassion and resilience to live out this commandment one action and one day at a time. Help us to realize the impact we can make on others through even our smallest deeds and words.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen

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Monday, September 24th - Mr. Russ Hembrey

I‘ve been thinking about what it means to be the hands and feet of God.  We’re taught every day that we’re here to turn our faith into action to help others.  God gave us the desire and the physical ability to help our neighbors. But the flip side of that coin is that, sometimes, we also need to recognize our own needs and humbly accept help from others.  I struggle a lot with that. I like to think I’m pretty self-sufficient, and I like helping others, so it can be hard for me to put my pride aside and remember that sometimes I need help too.

You’ve probably all heard the story of the man whose house was flooding, but today you get to hear it again.  As the rains fell and the flood waters rose, a fire truck rolled down the street and offered to give the man an escape to higher ground.  He replied “No thanks, I have faith that God will save me.” Later, as the man took refuge on his second floor, a boat came by and the boat driver again offered him a way out.  He again said “No thanks. I believe that God will answer my prayers and save me.” In his last desperate hour, the man was on his roof and a helicopter hovered overhead offering him a last chance at safety. He yelled up “I’m good. God knows what I need.”  Hours later, the man drowned and found himself in the presence of Almighty God. He had to ask: “God, I had faith right to the end. Why didn’t you save me?” God replied “I sent a fire truck, a boat and a helicopter. What did you want?”

Wow, am I that guy in the house? Sometimes, part of our faith journey is being the helper, and sometimes part of that journey is giving others the opportunity to be the helper.  Let us pray.

All knowing and loving God, thank you for kindling the desire to help in the hearts of your people.  Help us to understand when we should act as your hands and feet, and when we should recognize others doing your work on our behalf.  While it is more blessed to give than to receive, the giving is pointless without someone to receive it.

 

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