Saint James The Greater

Church of God


Spiritual Healing and Recovery


Friday - January 21, 2022


Prayers and Readings for Today

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PRAYER FOR THE DAY


I pray that I 

may be calm and 

let nothing upset me.


I pray that I 

may not let material 

things control me and 

choke out spiritual things.


Keep me ever 

aware, God, that 

my life and experiences 

are not a mistake.


Help me remember 

that you are allowing me 

to go through what I need to go 

through to prepare me 

for the joy and love I am seeking.



WORKING THE STEPS


Read Step 11

(See Twelve Steps below)


Step 11 Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.



DAILY SCRIPTURE READING


Read: Hebrews 11 : 1 - 2

King James Version

(www.biblegateway.com)


1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.



DAILY SCRIPTURE LESSON


Trusting What We Cannot See


When we are in the mist of an experience, it is easy to forget there is a Plan. Sometimes, all we can see is today. If we were to watch only two minutes of the middle of a television program, it would make little sense. It would be a disconnected event.


If we were to watch a weaver sewing a tapestry for only a few moments, and focused on only a small piece of the work, it would not look beautiful. It would look like a few peculiar threads randomly placed.


How often we use that same, limited perspective to look at our lives – especially when we are going through a difficult time. We can learn to have perspective when we are going through those confusing, difficult learning times. When we are being pelleted by events that make us feel, think, and question, we are in the midst of learning something important.


We can trust that something valuable is being worked out in us – even when things are difficult, even when we cannot get our bearings. Insight and clarity do not come until we have mastered our lesson.


Faith is like a muscle. It must be exercised to grow strong. Repeated experiences of having to trust what we cannot see and repeated experiences of learning to trust that things will work out, are what makes our faith muscle grow strong.


- Melody Beattie



EVERYDAY PRAYERS



THE LORD'S PRAYER


Matthew 6:9-13

King James Version


" . . . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, 

Amen"



PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF ADDICTION


O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you; Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love.

Amen


-     The Book of Common Prayer



SERENITY PRAYER


God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference,


Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace; taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

Amen


    Reinhold Niebuhr



PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon.Where there is discord,  union. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoles as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen


-     Saint Francis of Assisi



AARON'S BLESSING


Numbers 6:24-26     

King James Version


The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.




THE TWELVE STEPS OF RECOVERY


Step 1     We admitted we were powerless over our dependencies – that our lives had become unmanageable.


Step 2     Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.


Step 3     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.


Step 4     Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.


Step 5     Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.


Step 6     Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.


Step 7     Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.


Step 8     Made a list of all persons we have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.


Step 9     Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.


Step 10   Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.


Step 11   Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.


Step 12   Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics [and others in need of spiritual healing], and to practice these principles in all our affairs.