Prayer for March 14: Please pray with me. God of creation, we are reminded yet again that we are not in control of your creation. Rather we are stewards of it. Yet, even as stewards, we don’t control it. Creation is yours. You call on us to care for it. Help us do that. We also ask that you protect all those who suffer from nature and its wrath in the form of blizzards. Be with all those who must work in the midst of the storm – emergency personnel, electrical line workers, police, firefighters, those who treat and clear the roads, news organizations and so many more – we ask that you keep them safe. Amen.
Prayer for February 24: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we pray for your creation. Guide us in the way of being faithful stewards of your creation. Remind us that all that is, is yours. Even the things that we think we have earned and that we think we deserve – yup, they are yours too. Make us good stewards of all that you give us, so that we can hand it on to the next generation of your stewards. Amen.
Prayer for February 7: Please pray with me. God who is master of all, today we pray that we would recognize that we are your creation, we are not really in control, and that our job is not to control others or creation, but to be stewards. Take our desire for power and control and use it to change us into wanting to care for creation and others around us. Amen.
Prayer for October 27: Please pray with me. God who doesn’t settle, today we pray a bold prayer. You come before us, always reforming and making things new. You make us uncomfortable in what you call us to be and do. Help us to have eyes that are able to see the contrast that exists – are we in coffins or in flowerbeds? You call us out of the coffins in our life – the things that keep us static, desiring unnecessary safety, and pointed towards death. Instead you call us to be in flowerbeds – life that is beautiful, growing, changing, fertilized in the messy dirt of life, and interacting with those you love but society calls dangerous, ugly, and unwanted. Toil in the flowerbeds of our life Lord so that we may be your fruit that feeds those around us with food, life, and your grace. Amen.
Prayer for October 12: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we ask that you bless all animals especially our pets. We thank you for these companions who in many ways are family members. We thank you for the many ways that these creatures showcase aspects of you God. We thank you for the unconditional love of dogs, the affection of cats, the songs of birds, and the uniqueness of so many other creatures. Help us to be good stewards of these creatures and help us to learn from them as well. Amen.
Prayer for September 22: Please pray with me. God of creation, today we celebrate a new season in your creation. In the North we enter Autumn, in the South they enter Spring. During these transitions, remind us that you are the source of all life and that through your transforming touch, life is always being made new – even when it appears that all is lost, You are there. Amen.
Prayer for September 21: Please pray with me. God of all creation, today we come to you in thanksgiving. We thank you for this summer as it ends. We thank you for the blessings we received during this season and look forward to a new season set to dawn on us. Just as the seasons change and we ask that you work on our hearts and minds to change us to be instruments of your grace, mercy, and love. As the leaves begin to change and fall from the trees, we ask that anger, fear, and pride would be changed in us and fall from our very being. Change our reality just as the world around us changes. So that in changing our reality, we may respond in what we do and how we interact with those around us and with the world we live in. Amen.