Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Prayer for Tuesday, June 12, 2012


There is a sense, O Lord, in which we are always at risk, regardless of how hard we try to avoid it. It can be a dangerous world, after all, and there seems to be a certain amount of randomness to it against which we cannot guard.

There is another sense, though, in which we can choose whether to place ourselves at risk. We can choose the degree to which we will experience our world, to which we will take chances in our career, and, especially, to which we will offer ourselves to other people in ways that make us vulnerable to rejection, to misunderstanding, to grief, and to hurt.

Give us trust, O Lord, to live with the risk to which we are exposed just by living in the world.

Give us wisdom, O Lord, to know, when we have a choice, which risks to take and which to avoid.

Give us love, O Lord, to be vulnerable in the ways that we risk ourselves in relationships with people.


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