Pray and Praise

"Open our lips to your praises
Open our hearts to your love
Open our lives to your healing
and be found among us.
— David Adam

What’s your first instinct when things go wrong; when you are mistakenly accused or wrongfully attacked? What do you do when things are looking pretty dismal and you’re stuck?

Eat chocolate! Well, of course there’s that. But, usually I feel sorry for myself, find someone to listen to my litany of complaints, and go down a rabbit-hole of self-pity and despair.

Well, Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned for healing and sharing the Good News. And what was their response? To pray and sing hymns of praise to God. (Acts 16)

Wow – that’s an unexpected response. And I suppose that’s exactly the point.

  • "Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things." --Samuel M. Shoemaker
  • "Prayer might not change things, but it will change my perspective of things. Prayer might not change the past, but inevitably, it changes the present." - Margaret Feinberg  
  • "Joy is the happiness that doesn't depend on what happens." - David Steindl-Rast

Tomorrow we are excited to welcome Dr. Rev. Larron Jackson as our guest speaker. Larron is our dear friend, former Bronco and hero who has championed the rights of NFL players and all suffering from racial injustice. He’s a Baptist preacher, so he brings it. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30.

Grace be with you,


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