Today we pray for…
Retreat attendee: Julie
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him (Psalm 18:28-30).
You are the One, O Lord, who gives purpose to our lives. You are the One who gives light at the end of life’s tunnels. Thank you for walking intimately with us along life’s journey. Knowing we are loved by You enables us to scale walls that otherwise would never have been tried.
If there are women who have experienced the darkness of depression that settles over them like a mantle, if they are having thoughts descend in varying shades of gray, covering the essence of who they are, we ask for You, the true Light, to shine on their value, worth, failures, lack and breathe into them Life-giving Spirit. Create in them the breath of life, a reason for being. May they feel deeply and fully, not reflecting their emptiness. Lord, return to them the strength to color their world removing the shades of gray. Our desire is that their time at the retreat be one of light and encouragement, lifting their spirits.
Morocco, the North African country across from Spain tolerates the existence of Christians but they are closely watched and persecution is not uncommon. Polarization between Islamists and moderates grows. A Moroccan Church is emerging in spite of the difficulties. We pray that outreach via radio and TV would grow in effectiveness in reaching people searching for truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.