Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lord's Prayer for Ferguson

Our Mother, Your abiding presence is on the streets of Ferguson and around the world.
May your tears of pain be blessed with an ever-flowing stream of justice.
May Your vision of Your Kin-dom fill our neighborhoods so we all can embody Your Beloved Community.
May Your will be done through our feet, hands, and words as it's done in Heaven.
Give us today a thirst for justice and a hunger for peace so we can all enjoy the goodness of Your Creation.
Forgive us for our moments of inaction as we forgive those who have perverted justice.
Lead us not into the temptation of analysis paralysis.
And deliver us from the evil of apathy so we can work to build better communities.
May all the power and glory be Yours as Your salvation spreads throughout our streets, homes, and hearts.

The "Don't Shoot Jesus" artwork is from the cover of the Hands Up Worship resource

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tribute to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17)

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by terrorists. This is a sad tragedy. And an attack on people from many different nations. Instead of offering empty platitudes, it's important to share honest words. Some truly honest words about pain comes from Psalm 13. In our perilous yet hopeful world, it's helpful to reflect on such honest words. Here's a song and video that we've put together that highlight those words:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Prayer for Simple Pleasures

Gracious God, encourage us to mindfully appreciate the simple gifts of life. Help us to notice beautiful flowers all around us. Help us to savor the taste of good food and drink. Help us cherish the joyful sound of children laughing. Help us to be fully present with our loved ones. Help us to bask in the kindness of others. Help us to meditate on beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Help us to enjoy the music that birds make while singing. Help us to honor the goodness within us. And help us to be mindful of the miracles of life in countless other ways, too. May those who feel hurried, find peace. May those who feel peaceful, encourage others. And may we all fully enjoy the simple pleasures all around us each day. Amen.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Prayer for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Gracious God, we pray for people who have been punched in the face by their spouse. Who have been violently pushed up against a wall. Who have been slapped across the face. Who have been brutally tackled to the ground. Who have been hit by a beer bottle. Who have been viciously choked. Who have been repeatedly kicked in the stomach. Who have been bitten during an angry fit. Who have been harshly elbowed as a reminder to keep quiet.  Who have been threatened with future violence if they report any past violence. And so many others. Help those who are survivors of physical abuse to find healing, liberation, and confidence. Help those who cause physical abuse to find the help they need to stop the violence. And help us all to foster greater peace in our homes, neighborhoods, and nations. Amen.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Prayer For People Who Pass Along Negativity

Gracious God, we pray for people who ignore others because they feel too busy. Who say disrespectful things about others at church. Who tailgate others on the interstate to make a point. Who belittle others on Facebook for posting edgy articles. Who spread rumors about others without regard for truth or privacy. Who budge in line to get in front of others at the grocery store. Who give others bad evaluations at work for personal reasons. Who disparage the career choices that others make. Who violate the personal space of others. Who steal from others without remorse. And so many others. Help those who spread negativity to find peace and healing. Help those who encounter negativity to find kindness and encouragement. And help us all to be gracious to ourselves and others. Amen.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Prayer for Mental Health

Gracious God, we pray for all people who suffer silently with deep sadness. Who wash their hands until they crack and bleed. Who don't understand colloquialisms. Who dislike and starve their bodies. Who will do almost anything to be the center of attention. Who grunt and swear no matter where they go. Who miss doing fun things out of a fear of getting judged by others. Who get anxious and upset when they can't drink alcohol. Who get in trouble for not paying enough attention. Who will only talk to a few people in their lives. And so many others. Help those who live with psychological challenges to find greater healing and joy. Help those who are psychologically privileged to find greater empathy and understanding. And help us all to appreciate the fact that sometimes abnormal is normal. Amen.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Prayer for the Poor

Gracious God, we pray for all those who can’t afford to take a vacation this summer. Who can’t afford a place of their own to sleep at night. Who can’t afford to pay for their parent’s funeral. Who can’t afford to fix their broken-down car. Who can’t afford a meal in an inexpensive restaurant. Who can’t afford daycare so they can find employment. Who can’t afford to go to the doctor. Who can’t afford to get their spouse a gift on their birthday. Who can’t afford to move their family to a safer neighborhood. Who can’t afford to get their children ice cream on a hot day. And so many others. Help those who have too little to carry on. Help those who have too much to let go. And help us all to appreciate the things that truly matter in this brief, wonderful, and perilous life. Amen.