Prayer for May 11: Please pray with me. Holy God, you comfort the sorrowful and those that mourn. So often we are told that weeping is a sign of weakness and that we are supposed to be strong. But you know better. Weeping is a sign of being vulnerable, of caring deeply. I can only imagine how many times you have wept Lord. I imagine you weep every time your Good News is rejected in favor of us wanting to do things our way. I imagine you weep every time you are rejected in favor of us wanting to use you as a tool to support our own agendas. I imagine you weep every time you hear us pray for things that are in opposition to who you are – prayers of revenge, prayers of war, prayers of nationalism, prayers of separation, prayers of greed, prayers of selfishness. You weep. And we weep with you. How long oh Lord? How long? When will we truly know, truly be embraced, truly be changed enough – changed to turn from our selfish ways and turned back towards you. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Comfort them Lord. Amen.
Prayer for May 11: Please pray with me. God of Sorrows, today we pray for all who have lost loved ones. You know the pain and sorrow that goes with death, oh Lord, having watched your Son die. We know you walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death. Help those who mourn and ache for their loved ones to feel your presence beside them through friends and family who comfort and console. There are no words to express the sorrow of such a loss. But there is your comforting touch that will strengthen all those who mourn to carry on to the next minute, the next day, the next year. You cry with us, you mourn with us, you carry us to you. Amen.