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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


My Monday prayer is going out on Tuesday this week. I had been privileged to attend a Clergy Assessment Conference in Houston, Texas and got home at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. I neither was awake enough nor alert enough to write yesterday. All that to say, with privilege and opportunity come the reverse side of the obverse, heads up side of life. Along with responsibility come the fall out most of us don’t want to experience, whether that is exhaustion, homework, or the dishes after a large family dinner. The sign of a healthy mind is the ability to rework or restate the down side of opportunity. I may not have gotten the prayer out yesterday but prayers are needed each day. So my inability to follow through on Monday has created an opportunity for Tuesday.

All of this to say, God doesn’t want us to waste any time or energy berating ourselves for small inadequacies. He wants us to participate in life the very minute we wake up again to his glorious gifts. Let each of God’s Tuesdays be another opportunity to redo our Mondays. The ability to begin again is waiting for every one of us. Praise be to God for his love and ability to wait us out until we wake up again. Let us pray:

“Father God, we know we don’t always accomplish everything we think we should on any given Monday. But, we wake up each Tuesday to a new opportunity to serve you. We thank you for your son, Christ Jesus, who opened the door to tomorrow and gave us each a new day. Grace and forgiveness are there for every one of us if we just reach out and accept it. Holy is your name and the name of your son, Jesus, our Savior. Forgive us when we waste time feeling sorry for ourselves or feel guilty for what we have not done. We are to focus on your loving eyes and create a new opportunity on Tuesday for the missteps of Monday. For this fabulous gift, we thank you Father God. To you we give all praise and honor, glory and love. Amen”
Copyright 2010 Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.
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