Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hop, Skip, Jump

O God,

Some problems are small
and we don’t need to make
a big deal of them;
help us to hop over such problems.

Some problems are opportunities
and need to be eagerly confronted;
help us to skip through such problems.

Some problems are huge
and need to be handled
with daring courage;
help us to jump into such problems.

Give us
faith to hop,
joy to skip,
and
courage to jump—

and discernment to know
which action is appropriate.

Amen.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, September 29, 2014

Eternal

O God,

We stand in awe of the truth that you are eternal; indeed, it is impossible for us in our mortality to get our minds around it and so all we can do is to praise you in light of it.

As best as we can tell, for you to be eternal means that you exist outside of time. Therefore, for you there is no past, present, and future; for you, it is all of one piece. Again, our minds are boggled and all we can do is to praise you.

To know you and to know your Son whom you have sent is eternal life; so your Book tells us. Even now, then, because of your grace in allowing us to know you, we are already living the eternal life. Again, our minds boggle and we must praise you.

It seems to us, though, that to have eternal life could mean that we are better able to see life as you see it and to evaluate events as you evaluate them. Insofar as such insight is available to us, we praise you for it and we ask you to help us to grow in it and to take full advantage of it.

Help us to live fully in the moment in which we find ourselves but help us also to live in it light of the big picture—in light of the eternal picture.

Amen.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We praise you today
because Jesus Christ was
raised from the dead.

We praise you today
because you are God
not of the dead but
of the living.

We praise you today
because in Christ we
will be raised to new life.

We praise you today
because in Christ we
have been raised to walk
in newness of life.

We praise you today
because those who
believe in you
will never die.

We praise you today
because you deliver us from
those events that threaten
to take the life out of us.

We praise you today
because Jesus Christ
is risen.

Amen.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pause

O God,

Remind us to pause every now and then

to be still,
to take a deep breath,
to look toward the heavens,
to look within ourselves,
to listen for you,
to break the pattern,
to change the routine,
to seek perspective,
to remember that you are,
to remember who we are,
to celebrate your grace,
to offer thanks,
and
to ask for help.

Remind us to pause every now and then …

Amen.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, September 26, 2014

Too

O God,

Sometimes we do too much.

We do too much
to manage our lives,
to keep ourselves entertained,
to make more money,
and
to avoid the pain of caring.

Sometimes we do too little.

We do too little
to stay in communion with you,
to understand other people,
to pay attention to what’s happening around us,
and
to do what we can to help make things better.

Help us to do just enough
to take care of ourselves;
help us to trust in you to provide for us
and help us to give up our anxiety about our lives.

Help us to do more and more
to serve you by helping others;
help us to give ourselves away
out of love for you and for our neighbors.

Amen.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ignorance

O God,

Give us grace to accept that there is a lot we don’t know
and that there will always be a lot that we don’t know.

Thank you that we know more than we used to know.
Thank you that we can constantly be learning more.
Thank you that we don’t have to accept our ignorance
and that we can always be growing in knowledge.

Never let us be content in our ignorance;
never let us be proud of our ignorance.

Give us grace to accept our limitations
even as we strive to overcome them.
Give us grace to accept mystery
even as we try to understand it.
Give us grace never to accept ignorance
but always to be eager to learn.

Amen.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Never

O God,

“Never say ‘never,’” the saying goes.

But help us to say “never” when it’s appropriate
and let us say it with conviction and with integrity.

Help us to say

that we’ll never give up,
that we’ll never stop trying,
that we’ll never finish growing,
that we’ll never cease giving,
that we’ll never stop trusting,
that we’ll never stop helping,
that we’ll never stop learning,
and
that we’ll never stop loving.

Having said what we’ll never do,
let our lives show that we mean it.

Amen.