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 April 5: Please Pray with me. God who breaks hearts of stone, break through the walls we set up around our hearts – keeping you and others out. Give us a mirror to see how ugly we can be when we scapegoat, dehumanize, overpower, and cause violence. Let us see it on our faces so that we can be convicted. And in being convicted, embrace us with your love, forgiveness, and your Spirit – move through us and change us Lord. Change us so that we embrace others. Amen.