Monday, July 22, 2019

Prayers for Going Away

Prayers for Going Away

Going Away to Camp

In the beauty of your world, O God, 
you show us how great your love is. 
Be with (insert name) as s/he goes away to camp. 
Open her/his eyes to the wonder of creation and, in it, 
let her/him draw nearer to you. 
Let her/his play be joyful. 
Let her/him encounter wonder and surprise as s/he learns. 
Let her/his rest be peaceful. 
Keep (insert name) well and safe, 
in the knowledge that s/he is deeply loved 
by you and by us, 
who hold her/him dear in our hearts for ever. 
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Going to College 

Gracious God, 
your Holy Spirit instructs our hearts in the ways of life. 
In going to college, your beloved (insert name), 
has set aside a time of learning and preparation for her/his life’s work. 
Through all the years ahead, make her/him hungry 
for wisdom tempered with love. 
Help her/him discern the truth in all that s/he learns, 
in the people s/he meets, 
and in the choices s/he must face each day. 
Keep her/his mind alert for the rigors of study and exams. 
Keep her/his body safe and well. 
Give her/him a heart bold to question, 
yet alive to your wonders. 
And assure her/him always of your love and ours, 
through Christ, your Wisdom made flesh. 
Amen.


For the Family Separated During Military Service 

God the fountain of all mercy, 
your love is made known to us in the love of others: 
Surround this family with the support 
and care of our community as they watch 
and wait for (insert name)’s return; 
grant them patience, hope, and quiet confidence, 
until the time of reunion; 
through Christ, we pray. Amen.





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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Thank you, God, for birthdays.

Lord,
It's my birthday!
Some people don't like their birthdays.
They stop counting them;
they'd rather not be reminded of how old they are.
For some it's just another day.

I like my birthday.
I like the singing (even when it's out of tune!).
I like the cake, prune cake's my favorite!
I like the text messages and Facebook posts.

For me,
my birthday is a time
to look back
to hear the story of my birth one more time,
a story of wonder, laughter, and joy,
to think about the all the different things I have done
and opportunities I've had.

A day to reflect on your hard at work in my life.
Perhaps we should do that everyday.
But there are some milestone days
that seem set aside for reflection.
My birthday is one of those days.

So today,
I will reflect.
I will remember.
I will wonder at the things you
have been doing in and through my life.
And I will wonder more
about the things yet to be revealed.

Thank you, God,
for my birthday!
Amen.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Night Prayer

Lord,
it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.

The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.
Amen.



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This prayer is from Night Prayer of A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (page 184)


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Overwhelmed... God will help

Lord,
Some days are just
overwhelming.
The list to be done is long.
The list of people to call is long.
The list of needs is great.
The list of things that need attention is growing.

On days like today,
I feel overwhelmed.
Like the waters are rising, rushing
threatening to sink me.

Lord,
some days I just get frustrated and give up.
Some days I dig in my heals and fight.
Some days I cry; some days I get angry.
Yes, none of that is healthy.

Today I want to do this differently.
I want to turn to you to ask for your help.

Then I hear you saying,
"Do you remember how to eat an elephant?"
No, Lord, I don't want to eat an elephant...
"It's just a saying... take it one bite at a time."
Ok, Lord.
One small bite.

So I make a list.
I organize my list.
I ask for help from others-- delegate.
I close the door.
I set a timer for 30minutes.
I work at the list.
Today it was the simple things first.
Sometimes it is the hardest thing first.
When the timer goes off, I stand and stretch.
Then go again.
By lunch, the list has many things marked off.

Thanks, Lord.
I needed your help.
I still don't think eating an elephant would be healthy...
but I get what you mean.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." -- Matthew 6:34 The Message

Thanks, Lord.
Amen.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Remember that You ARE God's Beloved!

Lord,
I needed to hear this today:


Remember today that you are Beloved!
Receive that!
Live into that.

Stop for a few minutes
Close your eyes
Open your hands
Take a deep breath

Breathe in Love
Breathe out fear
Breathe in Belovedness
Breathe out self doubt
Breathe in love for the unique creation you are
Breathe out comparison
Breathe in Love
Breathe out Hate of self and others
Breathe in Your Belovedness

Believe
Remember
Rest in this great Love.

You are Loved! 

“You are my Beloved, 
and on you my favor rests!” -- God


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