Prayer for 2017

1 Jan

I’m starting this year worried Lord.
Worried for the health and healing of some of my favorite people.

Worried for the church I grew up in.
Wondering if some leaders will ever do unto to others
as they would like to be treated and treat women with equality.

Worried about my country
Where people actually doubt the holocaust ever happened.
And wink at a president elect who aligns with unscrupulous people
And makes fun of people who can’t help their physical attributes–
whether it’s the color of their skin, their gender
or a body twitching beyond their control.

Worried for this world.
Where strangers give their lives–not in love–but to kill others.
Where children starve and are hit with bombs.
Where refugees long for a place to rest their weary head and feet.

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Worried for myself, Lord,
worried I might never publish or make art that matters.
Worried my creative ideas will stay submerged in my mind
And never even make it into the journals.
That I might fail to tell the stories You have given me to tell.

Will this new year be filled with cloudy and dark days–
Or will we see blue skies and sunshine?
Like a sunflower, I turn my eyes toward the light.
As a sonflower, I lift my eyes to you, Jesus!
Illuminate my soul! Chase away the shadows!

The earth is covered in darkness, but a great light has come!
Rise, rise, rise, Sun-of-right-doing! With healing in Your rays!

Illuminate my heart, my family, my church, my country, this world.
Let the beauty of Your character shine brightly for all to see!

4 Responses to “Prayer for 2017”

  1. Kathy Marson January 3, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    Thank you for your prayer. It is mine too! How to be a reflector of God’s love perfectly in every circumstance and in our creativity is my challenge too. I have been impressed that I need to take my eyes off the stuff around me and focus on Jesus completely. Then my path will come into focus. This is easier said than done but by the grace of Jesus, it can happen.

  2. Caroline McKechnie January 5, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Thank You Cherilyn for this beautiful post. It sums it all up for me! Thanks also for all your posts to myself, I can’t always respond because of my circumstances, but I do really appreciate everything you send to me. God bless you and your endeavours in 2017. I’m sure the Good Lord will complete the good works He has started in you! Have you ever read “Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes? It is a very helpful book for women, in fact “Maya Angelou” highly recommends it to all women, it is really worth a read. Keep up the good work Cherylin.

    Best wishes

    from Caroline, Scotland.

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  3. Cherilyn Clough January 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi Kathy,

    I heard a saying that said, “90% of what we worry about never happens and the other ten percent we couldn’t control anyway.” I agree with you that the only way not to worry is to trust Jesus and keep our eyes on him.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Peace and freedom to you!

    Cherilyn

  4. Cherilyn Clough January 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    Hi Caroline,

    Thank you for the encouragement! I’m glad my blog is a blessing and I pray your circumstances improve this year!

    I do own that book, but must confess to not reading all of it yet. I am fond of many of her quotes though. Clarissa Pinkola Estes truly understands trauma work! What a blessing to read of those who went before us.

    Peace and freedom to you!

    Cherilyn

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