By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Almighty, Ever-present Father,
I praise you for you continuing presence in my life.
Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from your love through Jesus Christ (Rom 8:38-39).
But I confess that I have trouble being fully present in the lives of the people around–too often I am tired, I am distracted, I am inattentive to reflect your example.
Thankfully, you are patient with me and speak to me gently when I stray.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach me once again what I must do and grant me the strength to follow your footsteps. May your grace shine through me and may I experience the peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
Petition for Full Presence
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