God of Love and Peace, We lift up those who have been impacted by violence— violence both seen and unseen. We pray for individuals and for communities who are hurting, who are grieving, who are troubled, who feel trapped; and, we pray that you continue to heal these deep wounds. With your Spirit and with your people, work in their lives to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration. And God, help us do our part in your healing work. For we long to see your love and peace prevail. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Gracious God, We acknowledge that, at times, we have questioned our instinct to act in accordance with your justice, compassion, and love. Forgive us, God. And, renew our courage to act, So that we may help heal and transform the world Through your divine love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Gentle Spirit, source of inner peace, I rejoice in the moments when I sense your presence And feel a sense of calm. Even when my mind is so full of thoughts, Even when my days are so full of tasks, You whisper to me. You’re whispering in the words of friends, the kindness of another, the warmth of a community, and the creativity within me, In musical phrases, joyful celebrations, deep conversations, and moments of laughter. I hear your whispers in the tranquility of raindrops landing gently upon the ground. You draw me into the present moment, God, and oh, am I grateful. Amen.
God, help us be a loving people. Help us cherish the times when we’ve experienced love. Help us challenge the systems and actions that stand opposed to love. Help us form and foster communities that reflect your mission of love. God, help us be a loving people.
A Prayer after reading John 9 O God, who invites us to partake in our own healing, May we eagerly draw from the waters that restore our sight, So that we may know and show your restorative ways And point others in the direction of healing. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.