Crowned with Glory

Psalm 8

Prayer for the Day

Precious God, you come to us in so many more ways than we acknowledge. Let us recognize you more fully in the world around us today. Like the Psalmist David, we want to celebrate your majesty with the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and creatures of the land. In addition to rainbows, you promise us hope and a future through the nourishment your earth gives us. Help us honor you by loving the earth and all that is within it.

In his book Serve God Save the Planet, Matthew Sleeth reminds us that if we say we love God, we must love what God loves – which clearly includes the earth and all that is in it. Understanding God’s creation, including its beauty, dangers, and miracles, teaches us about God. Think of the phrase “O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” as you experience the world around you today. Recognize the majesty of God’s name in the beauty of the shining sun or the swirling snow. Proclaim God’s majesty as you gaze upon the firey red of a poinsettia plant, the vastness of a plain, or the dance of a burning flame. How aware of God’s presence in nature are you able to be today?

Becky Ullom, Director Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren is offering these simple prayers and questions in connection to this year’s Advent devotional written by David W. Miller. (Available from Brethren Press) Join us as we look and listen for the coming of the Word through the reading of scripture, David’s reflections, times of prayer, and conversations on this blog.

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