Birthday Prayer

Yesterday was my birthday. I know I have had a birthday on a Sunday before, but I don’t know that I have ever appreciated that as much as I did yesterday.  Maybe it’s because I’m at a different stage in life.  Maybe I’m just at a point where I see my need for God more clearly. Whatever the case, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than worship.

We sang one of my favorite songs of the past year “Counting on your Name.”  However, it was these words from “Forever Reign” that caught me.

“(Oh) I’m running to your arms
I’m running to your arms
The riches of your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to your embrace
Light of the world forever reign”

The truth in there is that the riches of God’s love will always be enough. However, my life doesn’t always convey that I believe that.  There is too often a disconnect between my mind and heart.

I confess that I have spent much of the last year complaining to God and others about what I have lost and what I don’t have that I want.  Yesterday’s song and message reminded me of all that I have been given.  Not only have I been given life in this world, I have been given eternal life.  I have been given more than I ever lost and I already have more than I will ever need.

My prayer for this coming year is that I will rest in the riches of God’s love, that I will let go of the past, that I will live in the present and trust God for the future. I pray for wisdom to see God each day and the compassion to love those around me with the love and mercy that has been given to me. My prayer is not that I would get what I want but that God will be glorified in my life.

Running to His arms…

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