This prayer by Rev. R.H. Raasch is from The Lutheran Prayerbook.
O Lord, I thank you for my family. You have created our lives and intentionally brought us together to live in our home. It is within the family relationship that we learn how to share Your gifts of love, forgiveness and mercy. It is here, in our home, that we learn to be patient, as You are patient; compassionate, as You are compassionate; and caring, as You care for us. Bless our relationships that we may serve You here in our home and when we go out into Your world. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen
Since I didn’t get any suggestions for an August theme, I decided to continue with another aspect of the unity theme: relationships. If we go back to the beginning of humankind, in the book of Genesis, we see that God created us to be in relationship with Him and with each other. These relationships were to be true unions meant to foster wholeness and health. When sin entered the world, all this changed. Adam becomes fearful of God and tries to avoid Him; He and Eve blame each other for the unfortunate state of affairs created by their misdeeds. Instead of wholeness, we find brokenness; instead of health, disease and death.
The Bible is a book about relationships: God and His people, men and wives, siblings, parents and children, teachers and students, kings and subjects. Feel free, ladies to explore all of them! How are your relationships going? What helps keep relationships strong? What hinders or hurts relationships? Can broken relationships be restored?
There are an unlimited number of ideas to discuss, and everyone is also free to go “off topic” as the Spirit leads. Happy blogging!