Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Prayer for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chance

O God,

Thank you for people who gave us a chance.

Thank you for those who gave us a chance to show what we can do and to become who we could become. Thank you for those who helped us get started and for those who helped us keep going.

Thank you for people who give us a chance.

Thank you especially for those who give us the chance to love them and to be loved by them.

We are grateful to you for those who gave and who give us a chance.

Remind us to take advantage of every chance we have to thank them.

Amen.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Prayer for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First

O God,

Let our first thought
be of understanding and
not of judgment.

Let our first feeling
be of compassion and
not of apathy.

Let our first word
be of encouragement and
not of discouragement.

Let our first action
be of help and
not of avoidance.

Let our first loyalty
be to you and
not to ideology.

Let our first concern
be for others and
not for ourselves.

Amen.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Prayer for Monday, August 31, 2015

Again

O God,

This week we will do lots of
things that we do every week.

We have done them many times before;
this week we will do them again.

Thank you for routine. Thank you for things
we do so regularly that they come naturally.

Don’t let us do them without thinking, though.

Help us to pay attention even to routine matters
and actions since we never know when something
new—some new angle, some new approach, some
new possibility, or some new opportunity—
might spring up in the midst of the regular.

Help us to anticipate the unanticipated
and to expect the unexpected.

Keep us ready to respond—and even to change.

Help us to remember that, even if we’ve
done something many times before,

we’ve never done it this time.

And we never know how it might be different . . .

Amen.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Prayer for Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We praise you for your presence
among us as we gather to worship you.

We praise you for your presence
in us as we go about our daily lives.

Make us as aware as we possibly can be
of your presence in and among us as
we worship you and as we serve you.

Also make us as aware as we possibly can be
of how we who are your people are
your presence in the world. Help us

by our attitudes,
by our words, and
by our actions

to bear witness to others of the
Savior who lived, died and rose again.

Help us to bear witness in everything we
are and in everything we do to bear witness
to your love, grace, mercy, peace, and hope.

Thank you for your presence with us.
Let us be your presence to others.

Amen.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Prayer for Saturday, August 29, 2015

Instrument (Part Six)

O God,

Make us instruments of your love.

We praise you for the love you have for us.

We praise because your love is committed love;
we praise you because you are always faithful
to the relationship you choose to have with us.

We praise you because your love is sacrificial love;
we praise you because you choose
to give yourself away for our sake.

We praise you for Jesus Christ your Son and our Lord,
who is the epitome of your committed and sacrificial love.

We praise you that you have poured your love into our lives.
Fill us to overflowing so that your love will pour out of us and into others.

They’ll know we are your people by your love
that comes from you through us to them.

Let our love be committed love; let us be
consistent and faithful in our relationships.

Let our love be sacrificial love; let us put
others ahead of self so that we consistently
and gladly give ourselves away for their sake.

Lord, make us instruments of your love.

Amen.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Prayer for Friday, August 28, 2015

Instrument (Part 5)

O God,

Make me an instrument of your mercy.

Thank you for your great mercy that
leads you to forgive me for my sins.

Let my experience and awareness of
your mercy so pervade my life that
I have to and want to extend mercy
to those who hurt or wrong me.

Rid me of all that stands between
me and my granting of mercy.

Rid me of

pride that must protect
my wounded ego,

grudges that keep track of
wrongs done to me, and

vengeance that is willing to
do wrong to make things right.

Help me to forgive others
as you forgive me.

Help me to forgive others
because you forgive me.

Lord, make me an instrument of your mercy …

Amen.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Prayer for Thursday, August 27, 2015

Instrument (Part Four)

O God,

Make me an instrument of your compassion.

Don’t let me be hard-hearted toward people
living on the margins and in the shadows.

Don’t let me be hard-headed about trying
to understand other people’s predicaments.

Don’t let me be close-fisted when it comes
to sharing what I have in order to help.

Fill me with your compassion.

Fill me with compassion that
sees people as you see them.

Fill me with compassion that
is moved by people’s hurts.

Fill me with compassion that
gives self away for others’ sake.

Fill me with the kind of compassion that
comes from having you in my heart.

Make me an instrument of your compassion …

Amen.