John 16:19, 20 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will tun to joy.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we delight ourselves in your presence.
Thought for the day: When the sun of springtime breaks through the clouds of winter, the birds begin to sing.
2 Peter 3:8, 9 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
Prayer: Lord God, we confess we cannot foresee what tomorrow will bring, but we can trust you in all.
Thought for the day: The tulip that bloomed today needed no alarm clock to awaken to the season.
Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
Prayer: Lord God Almighty, our live are brief sparks in your eternal light.
Thought for the day: The moments you spend with God are moments in God’s eternal joy.
Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give us strength that we may watch and pray with you.
Thought for the day: Question: Will morning ever come? Answer: It always has.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the scriptures tell us there was a time when you gave our life as a sin sacrifice.
Thought for the day: Today is a good day to give honor and praise to God for the gift of his son.
Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Prayer: O God our Heavenly Father, may your presence disperse the shadow of fear and the fog of discouragement.
Thought for the day: Never cancel God’s invitation to go with you.
John 16: 22, 23 So with you: Now is the time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as your disciples of old we, your disciples today, long to see you again.
Thought for the day: Real joy of God cannot be taken without your permission.
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