Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.
God of grace, I praise you! Let me never take you for granted! My very being is your doing, and my life is a testimony to you. For I was buried deep and you brought me up. I was in darkness and you gave me light. I was in a narrow place and you have brought me out to a spacious and open-armed land, to people who love me.
Cut off, I thought I was alone, but you were with me: you accompanied me in my helplessness; you sat with me in my solitude. In the dark, I could not see anyone to rescue me. But there were those who prayed for me, who labored for my well-being.
How soon will I forget that you are my life? How quiet will I be about your grace? How afraid will I be of the dark, how despairing in my difficulties?
Holy One, you are my gladness; you are my confidence. In my tightest spots I will trust you, and count on your unfailing grace. When most alone I will rely on you, and your loving presence. O God of Presence, you are my life. I thank you with all of my living.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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