Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
God has a special outreach to those of us whose souls are empty and whose spirits are tired. God, through the continuum of time, has made it abundantly clear that the health of our spirits and souls are of supreme essence and divine importance. There is nothing of greater significance than God’s concern that we possess all the resources of the heart and mind to believe in our healing and our future. God deeply wants us to know the joys inherent in experiencing amazing hope, abundant joy and abiding peace, which give us entrance now into the kingdom for which we have been created to live.
A better life is what you have offered me, O God. I hold onto this offer especially when I am most uncertain and insecure. I ask for a glimpse of your kingdom to be alive in me today. Amen.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
II Samuel 22:4
Cancer is a formidable enemy. All the treatments, tests and time it takes to confront this enemy are a huge drain on our lives. But we must always recount how powerfully present God is in the midst of the enemies around us. God is present to enable us to face with confidence the daily challenges we face. When we make the conscious effort to remember God’s goodness, we will have more blessings to praise than we can reasonably count, and we will possess the resources we need to confront the enemies without and within.
I have too many enemies to deal with on too many days and I can’t deal with them alone. So, I know you are with me to help me face them unafraid. For that I give you gratitude and praise. Amen.
Your words have supported those who were stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.
Hope can pick us up when we are down. Hope can give us strength when we feel weak. Hope in the form of promises from the one eternal and divine source of goodness and light can mean everything to those who trust and believe in them. God’s promises, as evidenced in the scriptures, have come true since the beginning of time. God’s promises still come true today, because God’s love and grace for us never changes. God’s promises of new life, new spirits, new understandings, new attitudes, new answers and new help are offered to us without fail every day. They seek to renew and restore us in countless ways.
Dear God, in my vulnerability I often forget your promises. But today I strive to remember them and to allow their renewing strength to wash over me with hope and grace. Amen.
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
In an ever-changing and volatile world, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused. In the world of cancer there are so many conflicting and confounding voices telling us what to do. When the cacophony begins, it is essential to step back to remember the eternal, ever-consistent, unfailingly faithful nature of God. Think seriously about the blessings that have come to you. Recall the ways and times in which you have received something vital just when you needed it. Remember what God has done for you in the past and what God has done for you already on this today. As you take this time you will be amazed at what is being done within you and for you.
As I reflect on the goodness that truly does come into my life, Dear God, I am humbled and awed. You do bless me in profound and perfect ways. My gratitude is deep and lasting. Amen.
August 31Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
The kingdom of God as the scriptures describe it is a perfect, holy place. It is a place where peace and joy reign and where healing and wholeness abound. It’s a place where the disease, violence, suffering, poverty, uncertainty and horrors of this world no longer afflict us. The scriptures also tell us that we can begin to realize and experience glimpses of that kingdom in this world, beginning now. When we place our trust and hope in the vision of the kingdom and when we allow God to work through us to help create the kingdom, God’s will is done – beginning now, beginning here, beginning today.
Give me a clearer vision of your kingdom, O God, and help me to see how it is already alive in my life. Even in my disease and my distress, help me to know the kingdom is real and will continue to come. Amen.
There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
I Samuel 2:2
We place our trust in so many things in the world around us, things that are fleeting, temporary and ultimately unreliable. We place our hope in our own limited devices as well. In the end, all of them will let us down, in one way or another. The only force in this world that is constant, perfect and eternally strong is God, the only one to stay true, and unwavering. God will never leave us, forget us or change with the times. Cancer presents a challenge that needs the power of God to confront, a power that will not bend when battered, a power that will not fail when challenged.
There is probably nothing more I need to be reminded of than to trust you more for everything I require, dear God. I try to go it too much alone, relying on my own power, limited as it is. Today, I am seeking to place my confidence more and more in you. Amen.
For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Most of us say we do ask, we do search and we do knock, but we don’t always receive or find or gain entry into where we want to go. So, how is this passage true or right? The key lies in how we ask and with what attitude we search and knock. If we ask with the answer already in mind, telling God what to do, expecting God to confirm our ideas, we miss the point entirely. In that way we are limiting the scope of the answer and especially limiting God. Instead, the asking, searching and knocking needs to be for God’s will for us, for what we need and not just what we want, for God’s limitless possibilities to be evident too and not just our own imperfect, finite, predetermined ideas. When we pray with that understanding in mind, the answers come and the doors that open are far better than any we alone could find.
Dear God, I come to you today and try to put my limited understandings aside. I come seeking your insight, your wisdom and your answers for me, and not just my own. Amen.