Prayer for June 5: Please pray with me. Holy Spirit, light the fire of faith within us. If need be, light a fire beneath us to get us moving and carrying out your will. You have called us and changed us, help us to respond to your movement in our lives with movement to love and care for others. Amen.
Prayer for May 30: Please pray with me. God of the hungry, yesterday many people celebrated with a great abundance of food. Yet there are many in our land who lack basic nutrition. Help us to see our hungry neighbor and give them food. But not only food for their stomach Lord, but help to give what nourishes the whole person – love, care, mercy, and laughter – in short, dignity. Amen.
Prayer for March 13: Please pray with me. God of labor, today we pray for all who labor and toil. We thank you for the ability to work. We thank you for the vocation you call us to. Bless our labors and remind us that we labor not just for money, but to fulfill our call in life – to live out the Gospel, to be a light to the world, to be an example of forgiveness in an unforgiving world, and to speak words of mercy, love, and peace to those who so desperately need to hear them. Amen.
Prayer for March 9. Please pray with me. Today we pray for babies. We thank you for their beauty, their laughter, their cuddliness. We also thank you for their crying, their stinks, and their stubbornness. In babies we see innocence and yes, messy selfishness. Babies are all too human. And they remind us that you are our Father and we are your children – both in the good and the bad. And unlike us as parents, your love is unconditional and perfect. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer for February 16: Please pray with me. God who proclaims Good News, give us ears to hear. You proclaim Good News to the poor, the weak, the outcast, the marginalized. This is also good news to the privileged, the wealthy, the powerful, and the strong. It is news that tells us that the world is being turned right-side-up as you reconcile all of creation back to you. Make us instruments of this reconciliation. Amen.
Prayer for January 11: Please pray with me. God who protects, today we pray for the crazy drivers on the roads. Please prevent them from getting into or causing an accident. Please help other drivers to stay calm and interact with these drivers with either word or hand gestures. Prevent us from judging other drivers on the road – we don’t know their stories, yet we feel justified in condemning them. Change our hearts – convict us to offer a blessing instead of a curse, to let go our space on the road, to show the love of Christ even while driving, to let go of the anger towards another human being who might also be a brother or sister in Christ. Amen.
Prayer for December 6: Please pray with me. God who gives gifts, today we remember St. Nicholas. He gave gifts to so many, yet the greatest gift he shared with others was your Son. As Bishop, he served the people of Smyrna and shared Christ’s gifts of love, peace, grace, mercy, and forgiveness so they could continue to share these gifts with others. Open our hearts and hands to receive these gifts, so that we can open our mouths to speak words of mercy and forgiveness. Open our arms so that we can share love in the form of an embrace. Open our eyes so we can see you and serve. Amen.