Prayer for February 23: Please pray with me. God of light, shine down in the darkness. Let your light of love shine bright throughout creation. Make use lamps that shine out your light of love to those around us. So often we feel besieged by darkness that encroaches upon us, seemingly lurking and waiting to consume us. The darkness shows up in confusion, despair, anger, and fear. These are not your gospel messages. They are false gospels that proclaim ultimate defeat and death. Your Gospel is a message of hope, promise, grace, forgiveness, and love. Proclaim this message to us in ways that cause us to change. And in so doing, cause us to proclaim your message boldly to those around us. Amen.
Prayer for February 21: please pray with me. God of time, we seek you out. There are many who read your Word and are besieged by fear. They see you as wrathful and desiring destruction. We are oriented towards death and destruction because of sin. But this is not the whole story – not even close. You promise to renew and restore at the culmination of time, not to destroy. You promise to transform and offer us hope because you are a God of life. Help us to accept this promise. And to live into it as well. Amen.
Prayer for February 16: Please pray with me. God of life, today we pray that life may abound and thrive. We are surrounded by death – it comes at us in force and if we are honest, it comes because we invite it in. Yet, this is not your intention for us. Help us to let go of things that bring death – our worship of being right, our divisions that separate, our broken relationships, our violence, our demands and thirst for control. You have a different intention Holy One. You promise a time when you will dwell with us and death will be no more. We wait in anticipation for that time. Forgive us when we become obstacles to the fulfillment of your reign. For we know not what we do. Come Holy One. Fill our hearts with a burning desire for life for all. Use us to create an environment where life can thrive and death is discarded. Come Holy One. Amen.
Prayer for February 14: Please pray with me. God who formed us from the dust of the earth, today we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. Yes Lord, today is a day of contrast. We celebrate love in St. Valentine’s example and we face the reality of death in Ash Wednesday. Love and death. So much could be said about this pair. Give love to those who need it. For those of us who receive ashes on our forehead, let them be a sobering reminder of our own mortality. But also let them be a reminder of the love that you have for your creation. Let them be a reminder for the promises you make to us – the promise of life. You promise us renewed, transformed, resurrected life. give us a foretaste of this life to come. Remind us that death does not have the final say – love does, you do. Amen.
Prayer for February 12: Please pray with me. Holy one, you know what it means to be vulnerable. You are vulnerable. You call on us to join you in being vulnerable. How else to explain all the times you come to us. You risk it all when you encounter us. You set covenants with your people over and over again, risking it all. You make promises that no one else could possibly keep. Yet, over and over again, you approach us in vulnerability. And you invite us to be vulnerable with you and with each other. But that is not easy for us. So often we fear being vulnerable – as though it is a weakness. We fear others knowing our faults and weaknesses. We fear showing our brokenness. We fear allowing others in. Yet, this is exactly what you call us to. You see it all Lord. You know our faults, our brokenness, and our weakness – and yet you still love us and encounter us. Why? Because you love your creation in ways that are unexplainable. Thank you. Help us to be vulnerable – with you, with others, and with ourselves. Amen.
Prayer for February 1: Please pray with me. God who unleashes your kingdom on creation, we ask that you enter our hearts and minds and empower us to unleash your word upon this world. Unleash your love and forgiveness. Unleash your peace and hope. Unleash the joy you give us. Unleash it all so that we can be sent out into the world to proclaim boldly your good news. The world needs to hear it and experience it. Make us instruments of your good news. Encounter your creation and each one of us with your good news so that it will change our lives and our world. Amen.
Prayer for January 29: Please pray with me. God of the nations, we hear many chanting slogans about how their country is first and best and exceptional. many get quite worked up about this too. Yet, where is the attachment to your will and calling for us? Where is the excitement and enthusiasm for the message of grace, hope, forgiveness, and love? Have these things become too common place and boring? I should hope not – our world is in desperate need of these things. Instead of waving national flags, why aren’t we waving flags that send a different message? What if our message was one of loving our enemies, being stewards of creation, welcoming the stranger among us, and more? Calm the fears of those who only see the world in terms of winners and losers, us and them. There is no them, there is only us – all of us. Amen.