Evening Prayers

Heavenly Father, these prayers go to many time zones, climates, seasons, and weather fronts. Here in Franklin, TN, a few days ago it was 79, and this morning it’s 29. What to wear in middle Tennessee is an ever-changing constant.

Fortunately, you’ve made our heart-garment choices easy—no matter the temp, humidity, and forecast. As your set-apart and dearly loved children, there are five articles we’re to wear all the time.

Compassion + Kindness + Humility + Gentleness + Patience

   Like Birkenstocks, they’re never out of style. This “inner-wear” is better than Gore-Tex when it’s raining unkindness, meanness, and unfairness. Breathable, yet giving protection when a gust of irritating people, or storm-clouds of difficult circumstances suddenly appear.

Father, we know this is serious stuff. How we love matters, for you have told us “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love” (Gal. 5:6), and without love we are nothing, nada, zip—a “zero-without-the-rim” (1 Cor. 13:2). Therefore, one downpour we actually crave is a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit.

Precisely because we are your chosen, set-apart, extravagantly loved children, we will seek to think, speak, react, and act to your glory. May we out-honor, out-love, out-kind one another—today, this week, and all the way into 2023. So Very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.

S. Smith

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