Deliver Us Lord

Deliver us from violence and rioting.

Grant us peace.

Deliver us from hatred.

Grant us love.

Deliver us from those who would kill us, whether here or from abroad.

Grant us life.

Deliver us from corruption.

Grant us honesty.

Deliver us from prejudice.

Grant us understanding.

Deliver us from jealousy.

Grant us tranquility.

Lord, our country is in disarray. No matter which side of the political fence we’re on, some don’t feel ‘heard.’ People feel afraid, unsafe, and angry. Help us to love one another, to be honest, understanding and peaceful. Aid us to see one another as your children. Assist us to be more selfless and less selfish. Let us consider the consequences of our actions and the needs of others. Let us remember the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Peace.

Copyright © 2016 by Theresa M. Williams 

Lesson from a coffee pot

I had a work faux-pas (an embarrassing goof-up) recently at work. I had filled a coffee pot–the kind that requires a stem to pump coffee out–and set it in the conference room. One of my co-workers was not able to get coffee out of it, however. When I looked, I realized I hadn’t put the stem in the pot so it would pump coffee out. What does all of this have to do with Jesus? Well, it got me to thinking about Advent and the stem of Jesse. Jesse is the father of David, and Jesus is one of David’s descendants. The Bible says: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1-2 NRSV).  This version of the verse says stump, but other translations say stem. So, Jesus comes forth from the stem of Jesse.

Just as the coffee pot with no stem was ineffective, our lives without Jesus are ineffective.  Just as I needed the stem inside the coffee pot for it to work, we need Jesus inside us for our lives to be effective. Without His help and wisdom, it just isn’t happening.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams

Can I vent?

Recently, a co-worker named LeAnn asked me this question. I was puzzled, but I said yes. A little background: This woman is a polite, soft-spoken individual who had already mentioned some troubles she was having the week prior. A client had been very demanding and insisted on something being delivered to their office that day. This threated to jeopardize a software training class LeAnn was required to attend. In light of this, I suspected she had something similar happen and needed to talk. As I listened, LeAnn told me that the client had since changed their mind and wasn’t even in a hurry for it. She was understandably frustrated about the series of events, and I nodded understanding.

Sometimes all we need is a listening ear. We aren’t necessarily looking for someone to fix our problem, just someone to empathize. I shared with LeAnn what I heard animals do when they encounter trauma. They go into the woods and do a good ‘shake.’ This relieves the stress hormones in their bodies and helps them recover. We humans can do something similar. I urged LeAnn to consider giving it a try. I don’t know if she did or not, but she was very grateful for the chance to vent and the perspective offered. If nothing else, the story got LeAnn’s mind off her troubles, which is what she wanted to accomplish in the first place.

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams