Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Prayer for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Past

O God,

Help us to see past

our sins to your grace,
our comforts to the world’s hurts,
our plenty to others’ lack,
our wants to their needs,
our children’s opportunities to other children’s survival,
our politics to your justice,
our opinions to your truth,
our pettiness to your magnanimity,
our despair to your hope,
our narrowness to your broadness,
and
our closedness to your openness.

Amen.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Prayer for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Big & Little

O God,

We praise you because you are the God of big things.
We praise you because you are the creator and sustainer of the Universe.
We praise you because you are the beginning and the goal of history.
We praise you because your majesty is unfathomable.

We praise you because you are the God of little things.
We praise you because your eye is on the sparrow.
We praise you because you care about our little lives.
We praise you because your love is knowable.

Grant that we will see our little lives
in the context of the big things you are doing
so that we don’t overestimate
our importance.

Grant that we will experience
the love and grace of your presence
so that we don’t underestimate
our value.

Amen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Prayer for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teach Your Children

O God,

Help us to teach our children well.

Let us teach them
of acceptance,
of forgiveness,
of faith,
of grace,
of mercy,
of service,
of sacrifice,
of compassion,
of fairness,
and
of love.

Let us teach them that doing good
is more important than doing well.

Let us teach them that serving others
is nobler than dominating others.

Let us teach them that getting
is prelude to giving.

Let us teach them that
commitment to you and
commitment to others
is the essence of a good life.

Let us teach them that it
is not enough for them to be
grateful that they are not
in Syria or Gaza or Nigeria or Honduras
where their lives would
be in constant danger
but that they should do
whatever they can to help
the children in those and other places.

Help us to teach our children
not just with our words but
through our attitudes and actions.

Help us to grow and change that
we might be the best teachers we can be.

Amen.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Prayer for Monday, July 28, 2014

Again

O God,

Here we go again; it’s another Monday.

Some of us are expecting the same old thing; we assume that the week will bring redundancy and boredom.

Some of us are anxious about possible new things; we worry that the week will bring the unexpected and the unwanted.

Help us to be thankful for routines that bring a sense of order and normalcy to our lives—but deliver us from the ruts into which we may have fallen that keep us from noticing and appreciating the wonder of it all.

Help us to be interested in and even excited about the unexpected events of life—but deliver us from anxiety over what may or may not happen.

Give us a sense of purpose and meaning in everything this week brings, whether it’s the “same old same old” or the “where in the world did that come from?” kind of week.

Amen.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Prayer for Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Lord’s Day

O God,

When we come before you in worship today, we will bring our family with us.

Perhaps they will literally be there with us; perhaps we will be accompanied by our spouse and/or by our children. Perhaps multiple generations of our family will be present.

But even if we come to worship alone, our family will be there with us. We will bring with us the family dynamics that helped to form us. We will bring with us the family ways that influence the manner in which we look at life, at the world, at other people, and at faith. We will bring us with us the family voices that tell us how it has always been and how it should be. We will bring the judgment of our family members who told us that we are special or who told us that we are no good.

Thank you that we bring our family with us to worship. Show us how to embrace the best of our family’s legacy and to lay aside the rest.

Amen.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Prayer for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stories

O God,

Thank you for stories.

Thank you for the stories that we read;
help us to learn well from them.

Thank you for the stories that we hear;
help us to listen attentively to them.

Thank you for the stories that we live;
help us give ourselves fully to them.

Thank you for the stories that you are writing
as part of the great story that you are telling.

Thank you that our stories are part of your story.

Now, about some of these characters …

Amen.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Prayer for Friday, July 25, 2014

Like

O God,

You are,
your Book says,
love.

You are commitment.
You are communion.
You are faithfulness.
You are sacrifice.
You are grace.

We are,
your Son says,
to love you and
to love one another.

Help us to practice commitment.
Help us to practice communion.
Help us to practice faithfulness.
Help us to practice sacrifice.
Help us to practice grace.

Enable us to love
like you love and
even to be love
as you are love.

Amen.