Sunday, March 20, 2011

A New Day & A New Dawn

Zephaniah 3:5 (New International Version, ©2011)

5 The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong. Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.

In glancing again at my selected title, I feel like I should change the music to Nina Simone singing "Feeling Good".

Tomorrow begins a new day and a new dawn as I begin my new job function at work.  I am so excited, so thrilled, and so blessed to have this opportunity.  Change is just that - change.  Neither good nor bad, but merely change and our ability to deal with it.  I so need change in my life right now and I am grateful the opportunity has been afforded to me.
 
I know there will be aspects of my former job that I will miss, such as working with the inmate dads in a program where I assisted them in learning to read children's books and would then record them on a DVD and they would send that and all the books home to their children.  It is a great program that focuses on the kids. A gentle sigh escapes here... I am up for new experiences and challenges! I welcome and embrace them!
 
So, my prayer for this day:  
Abba, Father ~ guide and direct my path as I begin this new career path.  May I seek You for wisdom, for strength and for peace when it is needed. 
 
As I pray here, I am ever mindful of the air strike levied against Libya yesterday by the NATO allies.  Father God, I am in such a quandary as to how I feel about this, but I realize that war is not healthy for children and other living things.  Then we have the events of the earthquake in Japan and the ever increasing destruction that is being uncovered.  Please, my Lord ~ be with all those throughout the world who are suffering.
because we're His,
~Tamara

Today's Upper Room Reflection:

SOMETIMES, O GOD, my thirst for you is pushed aside, ignored, or simply quenched by something other—something reasonable, something more popular—than you. But you never go away, never stop, never leave the depths of me. Like an underground spring, you are fresh and free, breaking through. Help me prepare a place for you in the caverns of my soul. Amen.
~ Pamela Hawkins
The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent


And more of Today's Upper Room Reflections: (March 26, 2011)
SHOW ME THE WAY, O Christ,
to care for those who are hurting,
and weeping, and starving.
Teach me the way, O Christ,
to forgive those who are lying,
and wounding, and excluding.
Be light in the dark
and bread for the journey
that I might become
a living prayer for you in the world.
Amen.
 ~ Pamela Hawkins
The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent