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Finding Our Strength in God

Human strength can become weak when it is tested. Youthful strength becomes old, mental strength becomes proud, controlling strength becomes brittle when challenged. When we depend on God, strength takes on a new form.
Celtic Circle
Instead of being controlling, we become accommodating, instead of wanting to be intellectually dominant, we can become lovingly wise. A personal strength is also protected, crafted and connected when it joins with Christ. As we grow and learn we understand that strength is not overpowering, not boisterous, not impenetrable. Strength develops from a love that is pliable, moveable and adaptable. Strength grows from grace that is forgiving, understanding and open. God's strength is made perfect in weakness. When we depend on Him we become like Him. It is a constant cycle of faith alive.

Tealight Candles

Tealight Candles

Prayer for strength and comfort

I know I am weak Lord,
so I will allow you to carry me through this valley.
I struggle to think clearly,
so I depend upon your living word to lift me.
I feel such darkness around,
so I look to your light.
I walk with a heavy heart,
so I will give you each burden.
I wonder if my heart can take the strain,
so I rest in your love and peace.

I light a candle tonight to remind me of the warm glow of your hope in dark places.


Hope is a Gift
(a prayer for strength and hope)

Hope is a gift from you Lord.
Hope soars upwards when all is falling.
Hope rides high on the stormy waves.
Hope dances in the darkest places.
Hope rings out across the fields of devastation.
Hope remains strong amidst crushing burdens.
Hope opens hearts that have been neglected or rejected.
Hope belongs to you, because you rose again, beyond the grave.
Hope declares, life and faith and true love wins!



prayer for strength when grieving

A prayer for comfort and hope for those suffering the devestating loss of a loved one.

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Prayer for Strength when Grieving

(the prayer poem in the film above)

Lord, at the moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel. 
My heart is broken and my spirit mourns. 
All I know is that Your grace is sufficient.
This day, this hour
Moment by moment
I choose to lean on You, 
For when I am at my weakest Your strength is strongest. 
I pour out my grief to You
And praise You that on one glorious day 
When all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered 
We shall walk together again.

(prayer courtesy

pink celtic frame

celtic frame

Almighty Graceful One
(a prayer for strength and patience)

I need to give out so much more than I can give alone.
I need the strength that comes from you, Almighty graceful one.
I need the strength of wisdom, so that just like a tree, I can grow roots deep in you, that others do not see.
I need the strength of gentle peace, so that just like the sea, I can rise and fall each day and lead others gently onwards.
I need the strength of steady love so that just like wind, I can blow or hold my breath with patience deep and kind.
I need to give out much more than I can give alone.
I need the strength that comes from you, Almighty graceful one.

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