Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Prayer for Saturday, September 15, 2012


O Lord,

Sometimes we get mixed up.

Sometimes we are overwhelmed by events in our lives, in our families, in our communities, and in our world and we get caught in a vortex created by knee-jerk reactions, thoughtful responses, varied opinions, cultural conditioning, religious bias, and genuine faith with the result that all we can do is sit, exhausted and dumbstruck.

When we get mixed up, give us by your Spirit and by your grace the patience and wisdom to sort through it all so that we can react and act as you need your people to react and act.

Sometimes we get mixed in.

Sometimes we come to identify so strongly with our social class, with our ethnic group, with our denomination, with our nationality, and/or with our political party that those identifications become more central to our self-understanding and to our responses to situations than does our identity that is being formed in Christ by your Spirit.

When we get mixed in, give us by your Spirit and by your grace the strength of character to be who we truly are in you, no matter how different and even strange that makes us look.

At the same time, O Lord, help us to stay mixed up enough to be real and mixed in enough to be involved.


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