Lord, have mercy:
Loving Father, God Most High,
Thank You for Your great compassion.
Thank You for love that transcends every situation.
Thank You for understanding us so well.
Though You have the power to do anything,
Let Your lovingkindness prevail on us and our nation. Amen.
Christ, have mercy:
Anointed One of God, Savior of the world,
Thank You for Your profound sacrifice.
Thank You for redemption and healing.
Thank You for bringing us into the Household of God.
May Your finished work be manifest in our lives. Amen.
Lord, have mercy:
Lord of lords, King of kings,
May Your Kingdom be made known on Earth,
Until every sickness is banished,
Every injury is forgiven and healed,
Death is never seen again. Amen.
The noise of the world
Calls me to a place
Filled with anger, fear and distress;
But a stronger voice
Of mercy and grace
Draws me close, where I am blessed.
I can make the choice
To be in that space
Where I must endure the test;
Or I can retreat
To seek the Lord’s face
And enter into His rest.
It’s tempting enough
To run in the race
That forces me to impress;
But then there’s the way
With a steady pace
Found in the One I confess.
I’ll forsake the noise
And reject each trace
Of corruption from my breast;
Surrendered to Christ,
In His warm embrace
At home in Him, life is best.
It is impossible to read or watch the news these days without being assaulted by stories of murder, terror, disasters, tragedy and everything else that is negative or hurtful. That even goes for me: I read through headlines on one site; then I’m done.
With all of these troubles in mind, I give you the perspective of an old hymn:
Because God is omniscient: Nothing ever catches Him by surprise; He never has to say, “Hm, I didn’t think of that…”
Because God is omnipotent: The King of kings and Lord of lords has all power over all forces, principalities and entities; in Heaven, on Earth and throughout the entire universe…
Because God is love: He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother; not even a sparrow can fall from the sky without being noticed by Him; the very hairs of your head are numbered by Him…
Because GOD IS,
All is well.
That your light will shine so brightly, all darkness flees before you.
That your love will cast out all fear.
That your hope, peace and joy will cheer every heart.
That hatred, bigotry, bitterness, abuse and violence will be banished forever.
That your healing presence will restore people and nations in every way.
That you will be exalted and glorified in all the Earth.
That all people will draw together in unity as they submit to you.
That your will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.
shine ever brighter
Until all darkness flees before you.
Prince of Peace,
Take your rightful place,
Until all principalities yield.
Lord of love
Fill us more fully,
So that we recognize and know you.
Most High God,
We glorify you,
Till even the atmosphere has changed.
The whole world is yours;
Let Heaven and Earth bow before you.