Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sue Badeau was nice enough to share the Opening Prayer for tonight's "Thirsty Thursday" Party!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Dear Heavenly Father – We come to you with open hearts and troubled minds. In recent weeks we have celebrated many of our freedoms on this earthly sphere, yet we have also been challenged and troubled by expressions of hatred, evil and violence that have plagued our communities, nations and even our churches. Tonight we ask you to teach us the meaning of freedom in the truest and best sense. Enable each of us to use the many freedoms we are privileged to possess as opportunities for love and service to one another. As we seek to honor You by being the brilliant “fireworks” display of your love in our lands, help us to remember that loving one another means to serve the least, the lost and the last. Give us hearts bursting with love for those who are hurting, in prison, lonely, sick in body, mind or spirit, the orphan, the widow and all others who need your love showering down upon them and around them. Thank you for this author community and for the gifts you have bestowed upon each of us and grant us, Lord, the deep desire, the will and the intention of using these gifts to bring the light of your love even to the darkest and loneliest corners of our world. We give you our hearts, our minds and our spirits. We give you our conversation this evening and ever after as fuel for the lamps of love in this world. Amen.

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