Friday, April 24, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, April 24, 2015

Twentieth Day of Easter

O God,

Help us, in the midst of this culture that glorifies death, to bear witness to life.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that seeks control, to bear witness to freedom.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that perpetuates adolescence, to bear witness to maturity.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that encourages division, to bear witness to unity.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that promotes numbness, to bear witness to compassion.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that fosters escapism, to bear witness to involvement.

Help us, in the midst of this culture that cultivates apathy, to bear witness to love.

Amen.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nineteenth Day of Easter

O God,

Let my gratitude for all I receive generate generosity with all I have.

Let the grace that I receive generate graciousness toward all I meet.

Let the love that I experience generate love toward all I know.

Let the troubles that I encounter generate compassion toward all who are in trouble.

Let the struggles that I encounter generate understanding for all who struggle.

Let the life that I live generate community with all who are living their lives.

Amen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Eighteenth Day of Easter

O God,

Help us to be proponents of life.

Help us to promote, to protect, to preserve, and to propagate life in all of the positive ways that we can.

Give us a vision of what it means to live the eternal and the abundant life; give us a vision of how everlasting life and temporal life go together and contribute to each other.

Help us to see beyond this life in ways that lead us to live this life for all it's worth.

Thank you that one day we will be more fully alive than we can imagine; thank you also that in this life we can be more fully alive than we imagine.

Show us how to share the benefits of such life with everyone and in every way that we can ...

Amen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Seventeenth Day of Easter

O God,

We praise you that your Son Jesus humbled himself to the point of death on the cross and that you then raised him up.

Help us to think, to speak, and to act in ways that demonstrate the fact that we have been crucified with Christ and that we have been raised to new life in him.

Help us by the grace of Christ who is in us to humble ourselves--not for the sake of reward but for the sake of service, not for the sake of gain but for the sake of sacrifice, and not for the sake of recognition but for the sake of love--and in humbling ourselves let us experience the joy of being lifted up by you.

Amen.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, April 20, 2015

Sixteenth Day of Easter

O God,

Grant that in all that we think, say, or do

we will contribute to the building and enlarging of life,
we will build people up and not tear them down,
we will be part of the solution to the problems created by those who tear people down, who build walls between people, and who foster hostility and hate,
we will honor and bear witness to you our God whose primary characteristic is love,
we will follow Jesus our Lord who emptied himself and who came not to be served but to serve.

Amen.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, April 19, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

O God,

Let our worship of you today be worship in which we are more aware than we have ever been of the reality of the presence of the risen Christ with us and among us.

Let our following of Jesus during this week be following in which we are more aware than we have ever been of the reality of the presence of the risen Christ with us and among us.

Let our encounters with people during this week be encounters in which we are more aware than we have ever been of the reality of the presence of the risen Christ with us and among us.

Let our living of life during this week be living in which we are more aware than we have ever been of the reality of the presence of the risen Christ with us and among us …

Amen.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fourteenth Day of Easter

O God,

Thank you that by your grace
the resurrected Christ lives in me.

I don’t understand how it could be
but I do celebrate that it is.

I do not believe that the goal of Christ in me
to make me into a carbon copy of Jesus
(as if that would be possible, anyway!).

I do believe that the goal of Christ in me
is to make me into the best—the most aware,
the most loving, the most merciful, the most purposeful—
version of myself that I can be.

I also believe that the goal of Christ in me
is to connect me with the life that gives life
to the universe, to all of life, and to my life—
the very life of God, the life that is eternal life.

So, O God, make me fully aware of Christ in me.
But make me fully aware also of me in Christ …

Amen.