Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today

O God,

Thank you that today

the Earth is rotating on its axis,
the sun is shining in the sky,
blood is circulating in our bodies,
air is filling our lungs,
thoughts are forming in our brains,
love is stirring in our hearts,
and
you are enlivening our spirits.

Help us to show our appreciation

by making the most
of this day,
by doing all the good we can
in this day,
and
by sharing all the love and hope we can
in this day.

Amen.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, September 1, 2014

Together

O God,

Help us to keep it together; don’t let the stresses placed upon us by life cause us to come apart at the seams.

On the other hand, let such stresses cause our seams to pull apart just enough for more of your grace to come through since it is only by your grace that we can keep it together. And the more stress we experience, the more of your grace we need.

Thank you that no matter what happens, nothing can separate us from your love; thank you that in your love you and we always stay together.

Amen.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Remind us as we worship you today
that our worship is rooted
in reality
rather than
in fantasy.

Remind us that we worship
the God that is
rather than
the God that we wish was,

that we worship
in our real life
rather than
in some idealized life,

and

that we worship
in the real world
rather than
in a perfect world.

As we worship you today,
remind us
that you are real,
that we are real,
and
that life is real.

As we worship you today,
help us to keep it real.

Then lead us to go
and
to live our real lives
in the real world
as worshipers
of the real God.

Amen.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, August 30, 2014

Together

O God,

Thank you for those times
when it all seems to come together,
when it seems as if
all of our efforts,
all of our projects,
all of our preparation,
all of our relationships,
all of our accomplishments,
all of our successes,
all of our failures—indeed,
all of our living—
seems to come together
in a moment that
makes sense of it all
and
makes it worth it all.

Give us grace to have the insight
to recognize such moments when they happen.

Give us faith to keep on living and trying
in the meantime.

And thank you for that time
that is coming
when it will all come together
and
when it will all make sense

forever.

Amen.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, August 29, 2014

Lift

O God,

Thank you for the privilege 

of lifting our prayers up to you, 
of lifting our praise up to you, 
of lifting our problems up to you, 
and 
of lifting people up to you.

Thank you for lifting us up 

when we fall down, 
when we are struck down, 
and 
when we are pushed down.

As we live our lives today and every day, 
help us to lift our eyes so that we see 

the beauty of your creation, 
the wonder of humanity, 
and 
the needs of the helpless and hurting.

As we encounter people today and every day, 
inspire and empower us 

to lift their spirits 
and 
to lift their hopes.

Amen.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Heart

O God,

Guard my heart against
the pride,
the selfishness,
the fear,
and
the anger
to which I am prone.

Grow my heart in
the love,
the grace,
the mercy,
and
the peace
that mark me as your child.

Guide my heart to
the perspectives,
the paths,
the people,
and
the lifestyle
that will best
honor you,
suit me,
and
help others.

Amen.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Talk

O God,

We will talk today.

Let our words come out of a heart that
is becoming filled with more and more
grace, love, kindness, and mercy.

Let our words be motivated
by a desire to build up and not to tear down,
by a commitment to speak the truth and
not to spread lies and rumors,
and
by humility that knows that we don’t know.

Let our words be evidence that
we are trying to do unto others
as we would have them do unto us.

Give us grace not to speak
about people or at people or to people
but rather to speak
with them that we might grow
in our relationship with one another
and to speak
for them when they are
weak and vulnerable and
cannot speak for themselves.

Let our words be
a pleasure to you,
a blessing to others,
and
a credit to us.

Amen.