Posts Tagged ‘healing’

Your Kingdom Come

September 20, 2020

We thank you Lord for those who build your kingdom –

  • for those who step forward to care for us, even at risk to themselves;
  • for those who accept the call to military service;
  • for those who, despite fear and threats, take action in the pursuit of justice;
  • for those who speak up to defend rather than diminish our democratic ideals of community and trust;
  • for those working to ensure all can vote;
  • for those who feed the hungry and provide support to those who have lost their jobs;
  • for those who shelter the homeless;
  • for those who educate our children;
  • for those who comfort the grieving;
  • for those who reach out in hope and healing.

Bless all of these who are doing your kingdom work here and now.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen

In Need of Mercy and Grace

June 7, 2020

Today’s prayer is an adaptation of Ps. 33:18-22 that appeared in The Book of Family Prayer by Robert Webber (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986.)

Lord, we believe Your eye is upon those who fear You,

Those who have hope in You.

Lord, we wait upon you;

For You are our help and our shield.

Our hearts rejoice in You

Because we have trusted in your holy name.

Lord, let Your mercy be upon us

As we hope on You,

And send upon us

Your Holy Spirit, we pray.

Amen

Prayer From The Heart

May 27, 2020

[A reader, K.M., from Missouri sent us this prayer. She was Moderator for the Presbyterian Women in her Presbytery for 4 years and served for over 12 years in PW leadership in Missouri.]

What does the Lord require of you?
To seek justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God
. Micah 6:8

Holy Spirit send us your light.

Give our country the strength and courage to move forward caring for all people, respecting all people, feeding, healing and reaching out to all people.

May we be guided by your light in all that we do to make our country safe again for all your people.

Amen

Open Our Eyes

May 9, 2020

“Open my eyes, that I might see glimpses of truth thou hast for me . . .”

Clara H. Scott, 1895; Open My Eyes That I May See, Chalice Hymnal, #586

With you Lord all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).

Please show us the possible in our broken world.

Show us the possible of a people-centered economy, the possible of rebuilding our communities, the possible of healing and caring for each other.

Show us the possible of a path to peace and the quieting of our partisan bickering. Show us the hope of a better future for all, O Lord.

Show us your ways, teach us your paths; guide us in your truth and teach us (Ps. 25:4-5).

Walk beside us through these difficult days.

Amen

A Mighty Fortress

April 18, 2020

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, but there is one who takes our side, the one of God’s own choosing. You ask who that might be? Christ Jesus, it is he with mighty power to save, victorious over the grave, Christ will prevail triumphant! – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, vs. 2

Lord help us through this troubled time. Help us to confront the evils of injustice, corruption, and denial that are present among us. Heal us, protect us, and guide us toward a more just, more merciful, more thoughtful, more caring world. Amen

Politics and Wisdom

February 16, 2020

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17

As we move through our elections, O Lord, guide us to wisdom, guard us from folly. (Pr. 3:13-18; 8:1-36)

Turn us from the harsh judgments and words that divide; refocus us instead on the ties that bind — both us to one another and to you.

Help us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19-20; 3:13:18). Let us reject the appeals of arrogance and easy answers.

Help us to see the needs and frailties of the real world before us and commit to the actions that might bring us healing, and forgiveness, and peace.

Guide us O Lord.

Amen

Words Matter

January 24, 2016

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.”  Proverbs 17:27

“. . . Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry . . .” James 1:19

Our words matter. Words harm or heal; invite hate or love, fear or hope.  Our words define us and our relationships.  They direct us to evil or good.  Save us O Lord from the words that hurt and discourage, that inflame and fester.  Help us O Lord to use the words that heal.

 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

Amen