Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blessing

O God,

Thank you for all the ways in which you are a blessing to us and for all the ways that you bestow your blessing on us.

Give us grace to be a blessing; give us grace to be a blessing to you and to be a blessing to others.

Help us to be a blessing to you by reflecting in our lives your image, your grace, and your love.

Help us to be a blessing to others by blessing them with our attitudes, with our words, and with our actions.

Thank you for being a blessing; help us to be a blessing.

Amen.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Growth

O God,

Thank you that you forgive when we cannot forgive, that you are faithful when we cannot be faithful, that you offer grace when we cannot offer grace, and that you love when we cannot love.

Help us to experience and to grow in your forgiveness, in your faithfulness, in your grace, and in your love so that we will become more able and willing gratefully to share with others what you so generously bestow on us and on them.

Amen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For Grace

O God,

We pray for grace

to love you more,
to love others more, and
to love ourselves more.

We pray for grace

to be less cynical,
to be less jaded, and
to be less negative.

We pray for grace

to be more concerned,
to be more hopeful, and
to be more involved.

We pray for grace …

Amen.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, January 26, 2015

Foolish

O God,

Sometimes we make foolish choices, sometimes we make foolish decisions, and sometimes we take foolish actions.

Sometimes we pay for them; hopefully we learn from them, too.

Thank you, though, for your amazing grace in which we can be—and often are—blessed even in and through our foolishness.

Thank you for how you manage to write straight with our crooked lines. Thank you for how you work through our frailty and foolishness to accomplish your will and to bring about your purposes.

Help us to become wiser.

But help us also to remember that you don’t depend on our wisdom …

Amen.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Lord’s Day

O God,

Thank you for a special day in each week on which we stop to be reminded that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.

Use this special day to increase our awareness of the reality that Jesus Christ is risen all the time; help us to remember that in truth every day is the Lord’s Day.

So as we today celebrate the resurrection of our Lord let it be a celebration that carries over into all of our days—indeed, into all of our moments ...

Amen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alive

O God,

For as long as we live on this Earth, let us be fully alive.

We acknowledge our limitations; there are things we cannot know, things we cannot understand, things we cannot do, and things we cannot be because we are human and because of our particular genetic makeup.

Still, there are so many limitations that we accept that are not imposed on us; there are so many narrow and shallow attitudes, mindsets, assumptions, customs, and ways that we accept and follow uncritically and that keep us from experiencing life in all its wonder and glory.

Show us any such things in our life that drain life from us rather than pour life into us; show us how to turn away from them and to turn toward other attitudes, mindsets, assumptions, customs, and ways that would make us more fully alive.

For as long as we live on this Earth, let us be fully alive.

And when our life here is over, make us more alive than we ever thought possible.

Amen.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, January 23, 2015

Laugh

O God,

Thank you for the ability to laugh;
thank you for the pleasure that laughter brings.

Give us a healthy ability to laugh at ourselves;
help us not to take ourselves too seriously.

Protect us from the tendency to laugh at others;
help us not to find pleasure in their pain.

Grant us the joy of laughing with others;
help us to know the fun of being in community.

Let us laugh at what makes you laugh.

Let us live in the knowledge that you will have the last laugh …

Amen.