Prayer for April 4: Please Pray with me. God of the oppressed, today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr, on the day of his assassination. Let his memory be a lamp on a hill to shine forth and testify to your saving power that will bring forth justice to all people. Change our hearts and turn all away from violence. And we pray for all who would oppress others, who cause harm to others, to take away others’ humanity, and who dehumanize others. Help them to see that in doing these things to others, they also do them to themselves. Amen.
Prayer for December 1: Please pray with me. God who doesn’t forget, today we pray for all those who are plagued with memories that haunt them – memories of abuse, of loss, of pain, of suffering, of insult, of demeaning, of dehumanization, of fights, of war. Memories are a part of who we are Lord, and they remind us that we aren’t perfect, and neither are others. Help us to turn our painful memories into something useful – something that would help us to answer our call to serve, to comfort, to accompany others in their pain and suffering. Amen.