Prayer for July 25: Please pray with me. God of those who suffer, you know what suffering is – you took suffering all the way to death and beyond. You accompany those who suffer so they are not alone. Make your presence known. Be with medical professionals who treat physical, mental, and emotional suffering. Don’t just take the suffering away – but move people to wholeness and wellness in whatever form that may take. Help us to also see that we are blessed for each day of life that we have. Help us to be a blessing for others. 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.
Prayer for October 26: Please pray with me. God of the cross, today we pray for all those who suffer is body, mind, spirit, or any other way. We know that you reveal yourself in the moments of suffering. We are reminded that you revealed your ultimate glory and your very character and being in the cross. You walk with all those who are suffering. Help them to feel your presence in their lives. And help the rest of us to walk with those suffering as well. Close our mouths from speaking cliches and stop us from trying to fix something that can’t be fixed. Help us to just be with the ones who suffer. Amen.
Prayer for September 8: Please pray with me. God who fixes things, oh how badly we just want you to fix everything and make it all right God. Oh how we think we know better than you when it comes to seeing how messed up things are. Oh how limited our vision is. Today we ask for eyes that might see you in the hiddenness of creation, in the messes, in the chaos, in the pain and suffering. Make us instruments of your mission to restore all of creation and humanity into a right relationship with you God. Amen.
Prayer for June 30: Please pray with me. God who is, today we pray a prayer of thanksgiving for helping us to get through the first half of 2016. We thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on us. We thank you for walking with us through the valleys of pain, suffering and loss. We ask that you bless the second half of the year. Give us wisdom, courage, patience, love and a forgiving heart. Help us to share these things with those around us. Amen.