To live wide awake is not about finding a way around the suffering or difficulties in life. It is stepping into the life God has for you. To live fully is not contingent on how long we live. Or even any of the measures we commonly use to measure success.
—Erwin McManus, Wide Awake, 115.
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We praise you because you created us with great love and care. Regardless of our birth circumstances, we are not mistakes or accidents.
You designed each of us on purpose for a purpose (Psalm 139:1-18).
You created us in love for love and to love. Many of us have experienced wounds inflicted by others while some are self-inflicted.
Because you forgive us, we forgive (*) those who have wounded us and we forgive ourselves.
You are the Great Healer of our hearts and you long for us to be whole.
You began the process of waking up our dead spirits through Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
Please help us to not fear dying to old ways and thoughts—though familiar like an old pair of shoes—but which do not lead us to the full and abundant life you want for us through and in Christ’s love.
Help us to remember you specialize in bringing new life out of death.
Give us the courage to live awake in each moment, whether in joy or sorrow or both because in Christ, all will be well—ultimately.
Please give us the eyes to see today the beauty around us in the midst of the brokenness.
Thank you for the beauty of a child’s laughter, the sweet scent of a rose, and the hummingbird drinking nectar from a jasmine vine.
Please empower us to believe you weep with us, and you also rejoice with us.
Please give us a heart to feel the suffering of those around us and may we be moved to pray, give, and listen as you lead.
Some of us are like a seed buried deep in the darkness, hidden.
Others of us are like a green shoot pushing out of the brown soil.
Still others are in full bloom while some feel wilted and dry.
Whatever stage we’re in, we want to live fully awake, attentive to every gift you give us (despite how it is wrapped).
Let us enjoy you and let us believe you find joy in us, too.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
A prayer for your weekend, my friends.
If I can pray for you today, please let me know.
Link here to watch testimony of Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show, Fixer Upper.
(*) Forgiveness doesn’t mean denial or not holding the person accountable. This is a short answer as forgiveness is a huge topic but I wanted to at least cover this point because forgiveness has often been misused as a way to whitewash what happened. And one can and often does need to address one’s anger, hurt, and grief as part of the forgiveness process. (Like I said, it is a huge topic.)
P.S. God came to give us a life full of his love and purpose (i.e., the abundant life). God created each of us on purpose for a purpose (Psalm 139:1-18).