Posts Tagged ‘truth’

God Is Our Refuge

May 10, 2021

Today’s prayer borrows from Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, even as the very foundations of our democracy come under attack, and the political norms that gird our Constitution are threatened in the swelling waves of extreme partisanship and disinformation.

We will not fear for we know that God is with us, and the truth will someday set us free to pursue His paths of justice and peace.

Amen

Preserving Our Democracy

April 25, 2021

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? Ps. 11:3.

Lord please give us the wisdom to see the damage being done to our democracy by those who would mislead, deflect, disrupt for the sake of disruption and power, and deny the humanity of others.

Give us the courage to learn, witness, to speak up and out, to protect the right of all to vote and be heard.

Help us to connect to our fellow citizens and commit to their well-being.

Lord, help us renew and nurture our country’s ideal of liberty and justice for all.

And as we engage, defend, and rebuild may we trust in your mercy and justice, and follow your paths, committing our efforts to your wisdom and guidance. (Pr. 3:5-6; 16:3)

Help us Lord to resist tyranny in all of its forms.

Amen

Guide Us Towards Peace

March 14, 2021

O Lord, save us from

  • lies told,
  • ill-will carefully nurtured,
  • unfounded fears and suspicion,
  • unexamined anger and resentment.

Turn us around O Lord on the roads we have taken.

Encourage us in our efforts to

  • assume goodwill,
  • seek your truth,
  • share your mercy,
  • be kind to one another.

O Lord, put our feet on the path to peace and guide us forward.

Amen

Giving Thanks

November 29, 2020

Note: Italicized text below is from the hymn “For The Fruit of All Creation”, by Fred Pratt Green (1901).

“. . . for the plowing, sowing, reaping, silent growth while we are sleeping, future needs in earth’s safekeeping, thanks be to God.”

We give thanks in this season for hope and healing, for friends and family, for cooking and cleaning and eating, for tears and laughter.

We give thanks for the beauty that surrounds us in plants and people and earth and sky and the many small crafts and things that furnish our homes, reminding us of those who have gone before.

We give thanks for the often overlooked evidence of your grace throughout our lives in ways large and small and in between. We thank you for your patient presence O Lord.

“. . . for the wonders that astound us, for the truths that sill confound us, most of all that love has found us, thanks be to God.”

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

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

Building Peace

January 25, 2020

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Lord, please cure our warring madness, bend our lives to your control.*

Help us to witness to the dignity of others and to your faith and justice and mercy.

Give us the compassion and knowledge to share our blessings and alleviate the sufferings of others.

Help us to avoid the lies that you hate, and pursue the truth and love that lead to peace. (Zechariah 8:16-17)

Give us the courage to see our world as it is and to challenge its systems and shortcomings.

Show us your ways, teach us your paths. (Ps. 25:4-5)

For you are a God of love and not disorder, of peace and not of chaos. (1 Corinthians 14:33)

We need your help O Lord.

Amen

*Chalice Hymnal, Chalice Press, 1998, # 464 God of Grace and God of Glory, v.3, Harry Emerson Fosdick.

Finding Our Way, Pursuing Truth

November 17, 2019

Another prayer for our country, adapted from The Book of Common Prayer.

Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices. Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write where many read, that they may do their part in making the heart of our people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous. And help the people seek wisdom and reject appeals to hate and fear. Help us to pursue truth, and justice, and mercy, to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Finding Our Path

November 10, 2019

As we restart this blog at the outset of the 2020 election year, we offer this from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.

“O God, you have bound us together in a common life.  Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Help us to remember O Lord, that we are one country.  Amen

Through Darkness To Light

April 11, 2017

O Lord, help us to remember in this Passion week, as we witness darkness and death in the world around us, that by following God’s will into the darkness you brought us the light of your resurrection.

Draw us towards your love O Lord, towards hope, and towards the discipline of faith, that we may find a new life, and new way, in you.  Amen