Shadows around us, shadows above us,
Never conceal our Savior and Guide;
Christ is the Light, in Christ is no darkness;
Always we're walking close to Christ's side.
Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don't get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you're going. And don't for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you'll get where you're going; then you'll succeed. Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take." Joshua 1 from the Message
God our Heavenly Parent, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world: We have Terror Alerts on every website, we have Gang alerts in the schools, we have newschannels on TV continually broadcasting images of death and destruction. We have commercials that lure us into worshipping commercialism. Show us that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help us to be good parents -- able to shape and guide our children in your ways. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength and courage to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; give us strength and courage through the study of your complete Revelation of your Word. Help us to not be discouraged. These things I pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.