Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

A Better Way

October 11, 2020

“Show us your ways O Lord . . . “ (Ps. 25 v. 4-5)

You have shown us a better way Lord. A way of

  • compassion,
  • love,
  • mercy,
  • forgiveness,
  • generosity,
  • patience,
  • kindness, and
  • self-control.

And you have shown us the way we should not go. A way of

  • factions,
  • hate,
  • oppression,
  • anger,
  • fear,
  • self-absorption,
  • death, and
  • destruction.

Forgive our missteps and misdirection, and guide us into the better way.

Amen

Discernment

August 23, 2020

Help us to think clearly O Lord. Help us to think beyond the

  • lies,
  • mendacity,
  • hyperbole,
  • hypocrisy,
  • finger-pointing, and
  • incoherence.

Help us to find our way, through the noise. Help us move towards

  • truth,
  • sincerity,
  • wisdom,
  • compassion,
  • coherence, and
  • accountability for ourselves and those we elect.

Guide us, O Lord.

Amen

Inattention

August 16, 2020

Forgive us our inattention, Lord, to the suffering of others.

Forgive us our willingness to ignore oppression when it brings us economic gain.

Forgive us our inclination to hoard our time, talent, and treasure and to distract ourselves with trivial entertainments.

Open our eyes Lord. Show us how we can reallocate our wealth, and strengthen us to follow-through. (Lev. 25:8-17).

Open our hearts Lord. Teach us how to share and care for one another. (Acts 2:44-47, 4:32-35).

Open our minds Lord, that we might not be misled by the temptations of this world.

Help us to discern and pursue the riches of your kingdom that we might live in peace and prosper as one people, one country. (Luke 12:13-21, 1 Timothy 6:6-16, Proverbs 3:13-18, 27).

Forgive us, and guide us O Lord.

Amen

In Need Of Courage

July 26, 2020

Lord, give us the courage to move forward and not fall back –

  • courage to work through our fears,
  • courage to put aside the old patterns of exclusion and denial,
  • courage to confront our hate and anger,
  • courage to care for one another.

Give us the courage to challenge –

  • mendacity,
  • fake news,
  • narratives of hate and fear,
  • paranoia and conspiracy theories masquerading as facts.

Give us the courage to bridge our divides and work together to build a future better than our past –

  • more just,
  • more equitable,
  • more merciful,
  • more compassionate.

Guide us O Lord, teach us your paths, show us your ways, guide us in your truth and give us hope. (Ps. 25:4-5).

Amen

Open Our Hearts

May 17, 2020

The waiting is the hardest part. – Tom Petty

Our world changed suddenly and now we wait

in our doubt,

in our grief,

in our loneliness

in our impatience,

in our fear.

Open our hearts O Lord that we might find hope, and comfort each other.

Give us the courage to speak up, reach out, and together build a stronger, more just, more compassionate world.

Help us as we begin to move forward, O Lord.

Amen

Politics of Faith

February 2, 2020

[On politics] “Most people just want somebody who can articulate their hatreds . . .” (David Brooks, 2011)

It is easy to fear the other –

  • the alien,
  • the stranger,
  • the one who thinks differently,
  • the poor,
  • the sick,
  • the ones in need who look for more.

And yet you call on us

  • to embrace the alien (Ex. 22:21),
  • to welcome the stranger (Mt. 25:35),
  • to reject factions (Gal. 5:20),
  • to serve the poor (Lev. 19:9-10),
  • to care for the sick (Mt. 25:36), and
  • to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt. 22:34-40; Mk 12:28-34).

Help us O Lord, to heed your call as we live our lives together.

Amen.

Prayers For Peace

September 11, 2014

O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you . . . Isaiah 26:3

On this 13th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, we pray for an end to hate and violence throughout our world.  We remember and pray for those who died in the attacks, that they might be at peace with you. We pray for their families and friends, that in their grieving they may find the peace which transcends all understanding. [Php.4:7] And we pray for all who remain in our unstable and violent world, that we may find new ways of living together.

We pray for peace O God.

O God, our creator, look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and guide us as we work through our struggle and confusion. [#3]*

We pray for peace O God.

O Lord you have commanded us to love our enemies:  Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you. [#6]

We pray for peace O God.

Give us the grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, hurt and anger, and whatever else may hinder us from peaceful union and concord. Help us to seek the holy bonds of truth and peace, of compassion and charity. [#14]

We pray for peace O God.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom all nations and people work in harmony, guide us in love. [#3, 4]  Lead us from dissension, factions and selfish ambitions to a world abundant in  the fruits of your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  [Galatians 5:19-26]  Guide all the nations, — and each of us as individuals in our interactions with family, neighbors, and community, —  into the ways of justice and truth, peace and love.  [5]

Grant us peace O God.

 

* Adapted in part from The Book of Common Prayer, “Prayers and Thanksgivings”,  No.s 3 -6, 14.

Civility In the New Year

January 20, 2011

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  Do not lie to each other . . . Colossians 3:8-9

At the start of a new year we begin with shots in Tuscon bringing grief, recriminations, calls for reconciliation, and bewilderment.

Lord, help us to be a better people than we are.

Help us to seek wisdom over partisan power, justice over greed, forgiveness over hate.  Help us to be honest with ourselves and with others, both as to what we think we know and what we do not.  Comfort all who grieve for the victims of violence.  And as we mourn, fill us also with compassion for those whose mental illness goes untreated, those who cannot find work, those who struggle to find food and shelter, and those who only fear the future.  Turn us from fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy.  Turn us towards kindness, patience, self-control, and the desire to live together in peace. (Galatians 5:19-23).  Equip us to find new ways of living together and new ways of sharing and service.

Show us your ways, O Lord, teach us your paths; guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are God our Savior and our hope is in you all day long. Ps. 25:4-5

We can be a better people than we have been.  Help us to change O Lord.

Amen

Truth and Courage

October 17, 2010

I am a firm believer in people.  If given truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. ”  Abraham Lincoln

Lord, we can be a hardheaded, stiff-necked people, resistant to your word. (Ex. 32:9, Heb. 3:8)

We are often a fearful people, easily swayed by those who would manipulate and divide.

We can be a selfish people, obsessed with material comfort.

We are often an angry people, more willing to blame others than to accept our own accountability in creating a world where so many suffer.

Help us O Lord. Give us the courage to face real facts and look for long term solutions.

Give us the compassion to share our material wealth with those who have little or none.

Teach us to forgive, and to look at the plank in our own eye before pointing out the splinter in others. (Lk. 6:42)

Help us to listen, with open hearts and minds, to the cries of those around us.

Help us to be worthy of the trust and hopes of those who came before us.

Lead us forward O Lord.

Amen.

Giving Help

December 6, 2009

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily food.  If one of you says to him, “go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:15

Lord in this holiday season, help us to be truly compassionate to those in need.  Help us to fill our food banks, to be generous in donations of gifts and money, and to provide the support of company and friendship.  Help us to give the message of hope.  Help our leaders to find, and us to support, policies and programs that put people back to work and keep them fed.  Help us to shine the light of your mercy “on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death [and] guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:79

Amen