Thursday, April 15th
We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (King James Version, 1 John 4:19–21)
Holy God and Father,
You love us. A simple statement yet the greatest reality. We love You because You first loved us. You, the Lord of the universe, chose to create and love us as Your own. We simply return this love to You. You truly love us. You demonstrated that in offering Your Son for us that in Him we would experience the fullness of Your love. You love us, and nothing can separate us from Your love in Christ Jesus. You love us. Help us to realize that today as we experience Your blessing. We love You. Please end this time of the covid contagion. So many people are being impacted by this disease and we need Your aid. Heal Orval Wirkkala, Sara, Tim and Kari Seaton, Kay Kettle, Steve and Laurie Kettle, Curtis Lahikainen, Carol Parshall, Avis Taylor, Bob Grove and all those suffering with this virus and its effects. Heal Kay from the mass in her uterus as well and get her through being on a ventilator. Thank You for healing Bob from this sepsis and continue his recovery. Be with Kimberly too and renew her strength in faith. Lord, we seek Your healing for Adam Weidner’s eyes. We pray for healing for Sue LeBlanc, thank You for the relief of her stomach distress, heal what’s going on in her lungs, her heart rhythm, her pain and restore the full use of her hand. Grant healing to Enid Zappa that the shots in her back would relieve her pain. Watch over Denise Wirtanen in her surgery today, bring her relief and grant her a swift recovery. Be with Shirley Kytta, heal her leg, her bed sores, these other growths that she has, bring down her blood sugar and let this antibiotic she’s receiving rid her of any infection. Be with Gordy and strengthen him as well. We pray that You would alleviate Steve Dahlmeier’s pain and heal him. Also that You would keep Marilyn and him safe in all the unrest going on around them in Brooklyn Center MN. Please stop the violence there and restore peace to that area, other parts of Minneapolis and our nation. Heal Jenny, Laurie, Susanna Harju, JoAnn Peterson, Eric Bradley, Ross and family, Linda Kuhlman, Laurie and Kay Kettle, Ted Dahlstrom, Arthur and Laura Heikkila, Lee Haltunen, Janet Harper, Brian Haapapuro, Ashley, John and Donna Kohut, Liz and Rick Hiltunen, Bob Volkmar, Robert Liimatainen, Debbie Roberts, Priscilla Karpinen, Paul Marin, Brad Heikkila, Janet Hietala, Mike Huuki, Roger Jenkins, Cindy, Dan and Trish Bennetts, Bradley, Ken Seaton and many whose names are unknown to us. We pray for the Tormalas in their move and ask Your blessing on Jared as he takes his boards. Please keep Peter and Maria Ulrickson in Your care and bless her pregnancy. We pray for Juliannn and Pato and thank You for Pato’s employment. Grant Your consolation to the family of Ken Therrien, the family of Judy Haataja, the family of Kaye Kotila and all the mourning. Your children in care facilities, hospitals and institutions of any sort need Your aid, gift them with Your protection and care. Bless our Sunday School and its ministry to our young people. Let Your Spirit direct the MacDonalds. Be with the Bylkases and Kristine Weidner. Grant Your peace to Your world and guide our President and all world leaders in righteousness and truth. We pray Father for Your mercy upon those little ones trapped in the politics of our border. Keep them safe Lord and preserve their precious lives in Your tender love. Father, we are so deeply moved by Your great love for us and all Your creation. Let us love another, knowing that when we do we are showing our love for You. Hear our prayer and glorify Your name. (You may add your personal petitions and may close with the Lord’s Prayer.) Amen.