A prayer after reading Matthew 11:28-30 Inviting God, who promises rest for the weary, teach us how and when to let go of the busyness, unrealistic expectations, and façades; so we may accept your gift of rest and release, embrace who we are, and bask in your holy presence. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Let all humankind find compassion— Healing hate’s deep festering wounds, Walking in the paths of nonviolence, Standing for what’s sacred and good. Hear our prayer, O Lord, revive us for the task To live out your peace in this world. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)
“...Yet, in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light” (Phillips Brooks) Divine Light that touches Bethlehem’s streets and our streets, Shine a ray of hope in the distressing darkness. Light a pathway of peace in the shadows of violence. Illumine a network of love where hate threatens to take hold; And, let us live in such a way that we reflect your brilliant streams. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
A prayer after reading Luke 1:26-38 O Spirit of God, present and more astute than the obsessive mind of my fear, once again you remind me that I need not be afraid. I need not let fear stifle my passion, my drive or eagerness to do something good. And so, O God, I boldly ask you to guide me beyond my fear and into incredibly promising territory, so I may be faithful to your call and proceed in the direction of positive change. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
O God, there are occasions for celebration, And yet so many concerns call out for our attention. They leave us wondering how to hold this tension between the grim and the glorious. And so, O God, we pray for hope— but not just any kind of hope— A hope so large that it can hold Our celebrations and our concerns.
O God, for what do I hope? I cannot ponder that question enough. I may hope for things all the time, But just as quickly as my hopes arise they seem to flee from my grasp, from my mind. Where does my hope for peace take me after I turn off the morning news? Where does my hope for people’s healing intersect with my everyday life? Where does my hope for the earth wrap around my daily choices? Where does my hope for a more compassionate society take root and grow? O God of Hope, please help. Let these desires take up residency in my life, so they may start to make a difference in this world. This is my prayer, O God. Amen.
A Prayerful Response to Luke 10:21 O God, You grant special favor to the infants of this world— special favor we once had. But oh, we do not remember those days. Upon entering the world of words and facts, we forgot the wisdom we once held. Now we cling to what we think of as knowledge and believe the fiction of our self-sufficiency. O God, help us recover the wisdom of an infant, who takes in the world through wide-open eyes and rests in the presence of love. Help us revive this newborn intuition, so we may seek and and once again find your hidden wonders in this world. In the name of the Christ child, we pray. Amen.
Let all weary souls find a pathway to a place where hope endures Not a path toward fleeting wishes But toward a persisting lure Drawn to goodness dancing in the dark and dim Hope and Guiding Light shine again. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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