Prayer for December 4: Please pray with me. God of losers, you bless what the world curses and mocks. You favor the poor and the outcast while we are busy blessing the rich and powerful. You bless those who have nothing, while we try to emulate those who have excess. You must laugh a lot at us Lord – at the shear pointlessness of these empty pursuits. How humorous of us to value things that you don’t bless. You are a God of losers of this world. And we are grateful for this – because we fall into this camp at some point in our lives. Rejoice and be glad losers. When it comes down to it – God is with you. What more do you need? Who else do you possibly need? Who can possibly prevail against you God? No one. Amen.
Prayer for December 3: Please pray with me. God of the nations, open our ears to hear your word – that you love the world, the whole world. Remind us that you are the creator and sustainer of all life. Remind us also that we are not the center of the universe and the arbiters of what is deemed normal. How silly we are to think that our way is the right way and everyone else is wrong. This is just as silly to see others think the same way. Move us from our dualistic thinking that there are only two options – right and wrong. Instead of looking for winners and losers, move us to seeing how we can love one another, how we can sow peace, how we can forgive, how we can show mercy, how we can feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, visit those who need a visit, and love our enemy. Amen.
Prayer for November 30: Please pray with me. Self-emptying God who encounters us over and over again, work in us a miracle. We live in a world that lacks trust – trust in our institutions, in ourselves, in others, in you. Why? This is not your way. Your way is risky – vulnerable, humble, grace-filled, mercy-filled. Trust is so important, yet we focus our attention on the things and the voices that destroy trust. Why? Why are we attracted to these things and these voices? Turn our ears to hear you – to hear you in your word, to hear you in our neighbor, to hear you in our enemy. Turn our eyes to see you – to see you in the world around us, to see you in the suffering, to see you in the vulnerable. Turn us towards trust – in you, in others, in ourselves. Amen.
Prayer for November 29: Please pray with me. God of faith, come to us and strengthen our faith. Too often we believe that our faith is weak. We think that doubt and questions are unnatural. Yet, you are a God who can handle doubt and questions. You love us enough. Guide our paths and our steps. Amen.
Prayer for November 28: Please pray with me. God of peoples, come to us. Change out view of others. Help us to see them as essential to our lives – essential to our being fully who you made us to be. Open our eyes to see how others make us more human. Open our hearts to look past the things that divide and separate and to see how we have more in common with others than we realize. Amen.
Prayer for November 27: Please pray with me. God of strangers, accompany all who travel. Be their asylum. Embrace all who are fleeing. Open your followers arms to embrace refugees. Guide their paths, give them safety. Open our eyes and hearts to understand that it could just as easily be us who are fleeing for our lives. Open our hearts to seeing the humanity of those who flee. Help us to see that these lives are important and that their safety is our safety too. Amen.
Prayer for November 21: Please pray with me. God who asks us questions – oh how we fail to answer so often. You ask us where our brothers and sisters are. And like Cain, we make excuses – telling you that we are totally independent from our brothers and sisters. We try to fool you with our rhetoric about each person being an island with no effect on anyone else, that the poor deserve their fate, that the rich are the only ones blessed by you, that we have too much to do to care about others elsewhere. Forgive us Lord. You call on us to care for our brothers and sisters in this world – especially those who have had their dignity taken away from them, those with limited power, those who are dehumanized and demonized and scapegoated. You call on us to care for these brothers and sisters because they aren’t different from us. They are us. Amen.