Meditations from Eugenia
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
Daily Scripture and Prayer Safe Harbor November 2019
November 1: Psalm 28:1 “To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me, for if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.”
Dear God, you are my rock. I depend upon you completely. Hear me, O God, as I bring my whole heart to you today. Amen.
November 2: Ezek. 17:23 “In the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.”
Dear God, you have fashioned creation with such intricacy and majesty. Help me to remember that, just as the birds rest in their nests, I may also rest in you. Amen.
November 3: Rom. 15:2 “Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor.”
Dear God, please show me one specific way today that I can build up a neighbor. Amen.
November 4: Psalm 31:24 “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”
Dear God, I do not feel strong. I need you to help me. Fill me with the peace of your presence and the courage of your provision. Amen.
November 5: John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Dear God, you laughed and danced in the beginning. You fashioned me with delight and I belong to you. Let your Word unfold within me that I may celebrate with you. Amen.
November 6: 3 John 4 “I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
Dear God, I pray today for all of your children. There is no joy like their laughter, no peace like their security. Help us to love them for you. Amen.
November 7: John 21:9,12 “When they [the fishermen disciples] had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread…Jesus, said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”
Dear God, I love the small intimacies of life with you! I love a snippet of a hymn, the shimmer of a hummingbird, the changes of the ocean, fish cooked on a grill. I share life with you and it is good. Amen.
November 8: 1 Cor. 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you.”
Dear God, sometimes I fight with my body. I don’t like is shape or aches. Help me, God, to treat my body with the reverence of your temple. Amen.
November 9: Psalm 16:11 “You show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Dear God, thank you for your guidance in the past. Lead me today on my path to you. Only there will I find strength and joy. Amen.
November 10: Heb. 12:11 “Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Dear God, I am tired of my failures and woes. Remind me today that I may learn from pain and, surviving, grow strong. Amen.
November 11: John 14:6a “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”
Dear God, you long not just to be my God, but to be my way of life. Help me to turn to Jesus today to find the truth you have for me. Amen.
November 12: Gal. 6:5 “All must carry their own loads.”
Dear God, some days I weep for your people. I long to carry their loads but my own is heavy, too. Help me not to disrespect others ability by trying to do too much for them. Amen.
November 13: 2 Peter 1:3 “his divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
Dear God, thank you that you have provided for me absolutely everything that I need today. Keep me full of praise and peace. Amen.
November 14: Psalm 107:21 “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.”
Dear God, your steadfast love is a miracle. How can you love me so much? Yet you do, and my whole life is shaped by your love. Thank you. Amen.
November 15: Psalm 139:3 “You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”
Dear God, help me to remember that you are with me in every moment, that my life is open to you and that you are always available to help. Amen.
November 16: Proverbs 3:5 “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.”
Dear God, I can sure come up with some goofy ideas! Help me to trust you and you alone. Show me what is true and help me act accordingly. Amen.
November 17: Song of Solomon 2:10 “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
Dear God, your love runs through my life like a deep and beautiful stream. Help me to drink from it and share it with all I meet. Amen.
November 18: Mark 10:16 “He took [the little children] up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.”
Dear God, I feel like a child today. My body creaks and ages, but inside I am wild and free…and sometimes foolish. Protect me, Lord and give me your blessing. Amen.
November 19: Psalm 55:6 “I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”
Dear God, I am frustrated and frantic this morning. I just want to run away and hide. Hide me in your love so that I can meet my responsibilities in peace. Amen.
November 20: Rom. 8:37 “No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Dear God, help me to claim your promise that there is nothing that can ever separate me from your love in Christ Jesus. Amen.
November 21: Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”
Dear God, everything belongs to you, this beautiful earth and all its creatures. Thank you for my life. I praise you and offer myself to you today and always. Amen.
November 22: Isa. 30:18 “Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you……blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Dear God, I know that you are always working for my good and the good of the whole world. Help me to do my part and to wait patiently for your blessings. Amen.
November 23: John 6:40 “This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
Dear God, thank you for the faith that you have given me. Fan its flames today. Give me an opportunity to share my love of you with others so they may share my joy. Amen.
November 24: 2 Thess. 2:16a-17 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father…comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.”
Dear God, oh the comfort of your loving presence! There are no words to describe it. Thank you for the salve of your love. It is my strength and guide. Amen.
November 25: Rev. 3:20a “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking.”
Dear God, is that you in the bird’s song, in the light on water, in the warmth of a friend’s embrace, in the tug of my heart at your word? Thank you for waking me to your presence! Amen.
November 26: Luke 24:5 “The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
Dear God, help me not to look back too much so that I miss the new mysteries and wonders you still have in store. Amen.
November 27: John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so I have love you; abide in my love.”
Dear God, I want to build my home in you, to stay tucked in your pocket, hidden in your heart. Help me today to focus my heart on you and be still. Amen.
November 28: Psalm 95:1-2 “Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to the Lord with psalms.”
Dear God, on this beautiful day of national remembrance, fill us with a deep sense of gratitude for all of those who have gone before us in this land. Help us to remember our history, to honor that which was noble, to repent that which was not, so that we may live faithfully in our time and lay a solid foundation of truth and justice for the future. Amen.
November 29: Eph. 3:14-15 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father; from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name.”
Dear God, we are all a part of your family, all siblings of one parent. I pray today for the peoples of the earth, for peace, justice, freedom and dignity. Amen.
November 30: Ezek. 34:28b “They shall live in safety, and no one shall make them afraid.”
Dear God, it is not possible to fear and praise simultaneously. Remove my fear that I may praise you with my whole heart. Amen.