Prayer for November 17: Please pray with me. God of abundance, today we ask that you touch out lives in ways that show your abundance to us. Turn our hearts to be open to the abundant love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness you give to us. Open our arms to receive the blessings of life you give to us each day. In receiving all things, remind us that it is you who give these to us and you call on us to go out and use these blessings to expand your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you invite us to participate in the unfolding of your kingdom. How truly blessed are we that you call on us, broken as we are, to respond to what you have given us first, by going out to give these same blessings to others. Thank you God. Amen.
Prayer for December 14: Please pray with me. In your words, you teach us to pray to ask for our daily bread. Yes, Lord, give us our daily bread – our portion of food that we need to sustain life. Give us good food that will nourish us and help us to thrive. Give us enough food Lord that we can share it with those around us so that they may also experience abundant life. So they may know what it means to thrive. Feed us so we can feed others. And in feeding them, help us to not just take care of the physical needs of our neighbors, but also feed their human worth and value – to know that they are seen, heard, loved, and cared for. That they also feed us in knowing that there is hope for humanity. Amen.