Prayer for April 10: Please pray with me. God of silence, all too often we are busy and distracted. We can’t hear you when you speak to us. Be with us now as we take a moment to stop and listen. Help us to turn our minds off for a moment – to stop the constant activity and noise. Help us to just be and to just listen for you. Amen.
Prayer for March 27: Please pray with me. God who never gives up, today we pray for all those who have given up – given up on trying, given up on family, given up on a job, given up on hope, given up on relationships, given up life. Send your Spirit to all who have given up, sit with them in their despair, send us to be with those who have given up – not to convince them to keep plugging away or pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Rather, send us to be present, to listen, to offer a tender touch and a warm word, so that all who have given up know that they are not alone in the world, that they will not be alone, and they we will stay with them in their time of despair. Amen.
Prayer for February 10: Please pray with me. God of silence, today we thank you for the moments of silence that grace our lives. We need silence Lord. There is too much noise, too many distractions, too much talking and not enough listening, too much noise pollution. All the noise and chattering creates so much anxiety around us. Help us to be silent more often, to create a space for silence and reflection, a space for pause and calm. Create in me a silent heart oh Lord, so that I can hear your calling for me. Amen.
Prayer for April 29: Please pray with me. God who calls us and moves us, today we ask that you prod us to be the first to act – the first to be peaceful; the first to be the one that lays down our desire to be right; the first to be the one to listen; the first to be the one to offer and show respect to those we disagree with. Help us to be the first to act, not waiting for the other person to act or waiting for the perfect situation. Help us to remember that peace and love and respect are not a destination, but a way of living that starts with us. Amen.
Prayer for April 28: Please pray with me. God of wisdom, today we pray for a listening ear. Help us to be more concerned with finding what makes us similar, rather than what divides and separates us. Help us to recognize that people come to their differing conclusions for reasons that make sense to them. Help us to listen first, to respond in love and to leave divisiveness, labeling and the desire to always be right behind us. Help us to know that every issue we debate is really about actual people, not just abstract policies and ideas. Amen.