Prayer for August 10: Please pray with me. Triune God, you are the very essence of community – three in one. You are a mystery that reveals yourself to us throughout history. In you we see what ideal community really is. Yet, how hard it is for us to live out community. So often our egos get in the way. Often our fears and worries and anxiety separates us from community. Far to often those in leadership and those that seek power raise anxiety levels and find ways to separate people rather than bring them together. Tear down the walls that divide us from our neighbors. Open the doors of our hearts to those that have been enemies. Remove the fences we place around ourselves that separate us from others. Take the blinders off of our eyes so that we can see that others around us – even those that are different from us because of skin color, nationality, language, economic level, educational level, and more – have value and are a valued part of our community. Together we fare far better than alone. Amen.
Prayer for December 20: Please pray with me. God of all, today we pray that you shake us up. Rip us from our sinful desire to divide people into camps that are on “our” side and “their” side. This is ridiculous Lord! How dare we separate your creation and children. How dare we claim that you support our cause. How pompous of us to even think that we could use you for our own purposes. If we need humbled, then humble us. And as you humble us, help us to know that you are right there with us and that there are no sides – except the sides we create. Amen.