And we know that in all things God works for the good

of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28

Heavenly Father, right after John 3:16, this is the first verse many of us were taught to cherish and claim. But, hallelujah, it claims us more than we claim it. We cannot over-know or over-trust this good news.

You are at work—tenaciously, wisely, and joyfully. You are presently working in all of our “stuff.” Nothing in our past has marked us as a Plan B, G, or Z people. We may have “blown it,” but you redeem it. You grow incredible things in the garden of our failures.

Nothing in our present limits the promise of your care or the pledge of your presence. Your hand and heart are writing stories we don’t see. Nothing in our future will separate us from the wonders of your love or alter the completion of your plan. Thank you, Father.

You are a God at work in all things for our good—not immediately for our enjoyment or liking. Thank you for not saying “Yes!” to all our prayers. For sometimes we ask for things that will simply make life easier and minimize our pain. You’re committed to making us Christlike, not care-free. Thank you.

Our demanding hearts often want you to be more like Same-Day-Amazon-Delivery, rather than Abba, Father. Our impatient hearts would settle for fool’s gold, rather than the riches of your grace. Thank you for your wisdom and big-picture-Fathering.

By the truth of the gospel, help us love you today with everything we have and are. By the power of your Spirit, enable us to surrender to your purpose, rather than stressing over our plans and things we cannot control.

For the glory of your name, free us to live as your beloved children, excited about our future and at peace with your timetable. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.