Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

Autocracy

July 11, 2021

Today’s prayer borrows from Psalm 83

See how the enemies of democracy are astir.

With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against the freedoms you cherish.

“Come” they say. “Let us destroy this diverse nation, let democracy be no more.”

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against us.

All those who lie, those who deny justice, those who seek power at our expense,

Make them like tumbleweed, O Lord, like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest, or a flame sets mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.

May their efforts perish in disgrace.

Cover their faces in shame, and let those who seek your love, your compassion, your mercy prevail.

Amen

Memorial Day 2021

May 31, 2021

This day Lord we remember and commit to your care all those who fought over the generations to save our world from tyranny and anarchy, and for those, both military and civilian, who are in the struggle still to preserve our democracy. John Dewey said that democracy needed to be reborn in every generation, and we confess Lord that we have been poor midwives. Help us recover and recommit to liberty and justice for all. Help us Lord extend your love and forgiveness to each other, and to move forward with care, particularly for the least among us. Amen

Seeing

May 16, 2021

Widen our lens O Lord, well beyond the narrow aperture of our phones.

Help us to lift our heads and see the beauty and the wonder of the world around us, and know that you are with us, that we are not alone nor in charge.

Help us to see your love and and forgiveness in the people around us, so that we too might respond with compassion and mercy.

Help us to see the many revelations of your grace that surround us, inviting us to move beyond our resentful and quarrelsome ways.

Open our eyes Lord to the possibilities of our future were we to work together.

Amen

Our Redeemer Lives

April 4, 2021

Alleluia! Our Redeemer lives.

In us and through us.

He is our

living hope,

saving help,

refuge in times of trouble,

our guide towards grace.

Free us O Lord from the sins of greed and self-regard.

Fill our hearts with compassion.

Guide us that we too might live, caring for and serving others.

Amen

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Hope

March 21, 2021

Thank you Lord for vaccines and sunny days; the sounds of children playing, a casual encounter with friends, flowers pushing up through the earth, a good meal.

For all these things that give us hope.

Don’t let the gun shots, the hurt that fills our hearts, the hate that spews through our media, or the uncertainty that surrounds us, take that hope away.

Help us to focus on the many signs of your presence in our world, and reach out to others in love and compassion.

Lead us forward O Lord.

Amen

Fruits of the Spirit

February 28, 2021

Lord thank you for

  • kindness,
  • compassion,
  • mercy,
  • generosity of spirit,
  • patience,
  • perseverance, and
  • integrity.

Let us see and acknowledge these especially when present in our common life together, and seek these in those who would govern us.

Help us to apply these gifts in our interactions with others, and pursue goodness O Lord.

Amen

God With Us

February 21, 2021

Matthew 1:23, 7:12, 8:16-17; Is. 53:4-6; Ps. 103

We thank you Lord for coming to be with us.

For choosing to take on our infirmities, heal our diseases, comfort our sorrows, carry our burdens, forgive our transgressions, and suffer for our inequities.

Be with us still, and stay with us, despite our many lapses.

Guide us, care for us, and teach us your ways, so we might better do for one another as you have done for us.

We confess our constant need for your presence O Lord, and praise your Holy Name.

Amen

Confession

February 7, 2021

Forgive us Lord, for we have sinned.

We have allowed technology to command our focus and fracture our attention.

We have closed our hearts and isolated ourselves, retreating from our fellow citizens.

We have followed the false gods of money and power and celebrity, and so lost our way.

Free us O Lord to see our world as it is; open our eyes to its needs.

Free us O Lord from our loneliness; help us create connected, resilient communities.

Return us O Lord to the right paths; help us to ensure the safety, the tranquility, the dignity of all.

Let us heed your admonition to turn from evil and do good, to seek and pursue peace. (Ps 34:14)

Forgive us, and lead us, O Lord.

Amen

In Need of Grace

January 17, 2021

We are a broken and grieving people O Lord.

Broken relationships, broken promises, broken bodies, broken lives.

We are broken Lord, although not beyond repair.

Please let your grace shine through and in our broken places.

Help us to repent O Lord, and to walk in your ways.

Give us wisdom, give us courage, give us humility, give us integrity, give us compassion, give us mercy, give us love.

Help us to discern fact from folly, and turn us from false gods.

Heal us O Lord, and give us hope.

Amen

A Different Harvest

January 10, 2021

You reap what you sow. (Gal. 6:7-10)

Forgive us Lord, for planting and nurturing the seeds of hate, anger and resentment.

Forgive us for our willingness to dismiss and even mock our fellow citizens.

Forgive us for pursuing the folly and comfort of easy answers.

Forgive us for following false prophets.

Help us heal the wounds and scars on our land and among our people.

Help us to plant anew, and to pull the weeds that infect our current discourse.

Guide us to a future harvest of justice and wisdom, of love and compassion.

Amen.