Rejoice always in the Lord,
let His evidence be clear;
may He be our shield and sword,
as He fends off all our fear.
May gentleness be for all,
it shows that the Lord is near;
our God hears us as we call,
present needs unto His ear.
The powerful peace of God,
will guard our heart and our mind,
transcending our blind facade,
through prayer, answers we shall find.
Alas, dear ones, let it be,
may we train both mind and heart,
to fix on pure and lovely,
things praiseworthy from the start.
(Responding to Philippians 4:4-8)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the mighty men and women of faith who have gone before us so that we might have examples of lives lived well in You. Thank You for the powerful praise and purpose that Paul presented to the Philippians, despite his being in prison. Regardless of his circumstances, he chose to rejoice. May we too, follow his example. Forgive us for allowing fear to blind us from the truth we hold in You. May we always present our prayers and petitions before You, being confident that You hear, and that You have our very best in mind, despite what we may see with our human hearts. Help us to fix our eyes, mind, and heart on You and those things of You that build up the body, so that we might encourage and strengthen one another in Your love. May many come to know Your lasting love, as we walk out our days, willing to rejoice in all things and at all times. Thank You that You are ALWAYS good. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present