Author: Nan Jones

A Prayer When You Need to Take His Hand, Walk, and Trust

Lord, You shine as the noonday sun lighting my darkness. You are the Morning Star, the Waymaker, the Faithful God who tenderly watches over me.

I praise You for these truths, Lord. I praise You for Your goodness, for being my Sure Place to hold onto when the earth trembles beneath me.

Sometimes, I feel like my feet are encased in concrete — heavy-laden, unable to move forward.

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Thus Far He Has Helped Us

It was a long hike. I had veered off the gravel road that ribboned across the mountain valley and chose a trail created by the multitude of deer that grazed this land.

My breathing was a bit labored as I hoisted myself onto the rocky ledge overlooking the river below. I bent over with hands on my knees to catch my breath, only to lose it again once I raised up and took in the glorious sight below.

Sunshine glimmered across the river in the alcoves where the flow was serene. Ferns blanketed the banks in the shadows of hemlocks, pine, and oak. Hills rose and fell, sculpting the land all the way to the summit on which we stood.

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A Prayer When You Want to Rejoice, But …

Lord, what a Mighty God You are! You are faithful and true, merciful and kind. You work miracles in our midst, even when we aren’t aware of it.

You, Lord, are worthy of praise.

Remind us of this, Lord.

Remind us that, even when life is hard, we can — and should — rejoice in You. Always.

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