Daily Prayers for January 29

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

Search me, O God, and know my heart : try me and know my restless thoughts.

Psalm 139:13 16

I will thank you because I am marvelously made : your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

My body was not hidden from you : while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were written in your book : they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them.

How deep I find your thoughts, O God! : how great is the sum of them!

Search me, O God, and know my heart : try me and know my restless thoughts.

Genesis 21:1 – 21 Ephesians 5:15 – 33

Search me, O God, and know my heart : try me and know my restless thoughts.

Twentieth-century Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor said, “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. What -people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

How merciful are you, O Lord, when you receive us even with our doubts and suspicions. We pray to keep tiptoeing toward you without fear of rejection. We pray to keep up our feeble attempts at serving you even when we question the worth of our efforts. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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