Thursday, September 27, 2018

Praying in the Flood and Recovery

Loving God,
the Source of strength and restoration and healing,
we pray together 
for all who suffer 
in our communities today.

In the wake of wind and waves,
destruction and flooding,
make your presence known
through our generosity
to our neighbors, near and far.

Give us the vision and patience
to live and labor faithfully
through this season of response and recovery.
As we clean up and rebuild,
give us your joy and peace.

Give us, above all,
the love for one another
that is your best gift always.
In the name of the Triune God, 
we pray.

prayer written by 
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward,
of the North Carolina Conference
of the United Methodist Church.

Thanks to my praying friend,
Jean Boseman, 
for sharing this prayer with me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Homelessness and Poverty

Homeless God-Man,
We pray for those who, like you, 
have no place to lay their heads.

We repent for ignoring your beloved ones,
And writing them off as worthless.

We don’t understand why people who struggle
With mental illness,
And poverty
Must also suffer through the shame and embarrassment
That comes with the lack of basic resources.

We repent of our complacency
And pray that you will work through us,
So that we may show all people
The same radical, 
creative love you have shown to us.

Written by Rev. Trent Elders

The above prayer shared from:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Storms a comin'

Bottled water sold out
Bread-less shelves
Lane reversals
Storms a comin'

we are getting prepared.
We are doing our best not to panic.
We are trying to respond thoughtfully and cautiously.
We are trying not to react irresponsibly.
But the storms a comin'

I pray for safety.
I pray for protection.
I pray for all who have and will be impacted.

Help us remember the least of these.
Help us remember the most vulnerable.
Help us truly embody loving our neighbor
and sharing with all who have need.
The storms a comin'

We place our trust in you.