Friday, November 1, 2013

A Prayer for Friday, November 1, 2013

Intersections (Part 5)

O God,

If today is like most days, we will be confronted with fellow human beings who have great and real needs; we may be confronted with them via media or close up. And when we are confronted with them, we will be tempted to protect ourselves by adopting an apathetic approach to life.

If we don’t care then we won’t have to hurt and if we don’t hurt then we won’t have to share in someone else’s hurt and if we don’t share in their hurts we won’t have to try to do something and thereby risk further hurt.

But if you are in us—if you are in us as the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who is thus defined by community and relationship and if you are in us as the God loves so much that you became present among us and died for us as one of us in Jesus Christ your Son—then your great love is in us. Such a great love cannot let our apathy win the day.

And so, as we live today and every day, when we are confronted by the great and real needs of people and we find our apathy and your love intersecting, help us to respond in that moment with the best love we have—with the love that comes from you.


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