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.
Prayerful thoughts after reading Matthew 21:1-17 O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Teach us to embrace celebration with humility, to oppose injustice, to resist evil, to offer healing, and to follow your lead. For these are the ways of Jesus, the blessed one, the sent one, Who reveals the unfolding reign of God. O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form, Prepare our bodies, minds, and souls to follow Jesus, So that we, too, may reveal your unfolding reign. Amen.
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
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.
This prayer can be sung to the tune of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (VENI EMMANUEL) O Source of Love, supply us with the grace To be like Jesus in this world of pain To love and let your goodness be known Responding with compassion from our souls In words, in deeds, in all the ways we live May we extend the healing love you give.
O God of Love, I trust that you are with us and that your Spirit moves among us. But, I am aware that so many people are suffering right now. God, I pray that your Spirit moves in an obvious way so that they may not lose heart in the midst of displacement, so that they may not be overcome with a spirit of fear, and so that hope and healing may take root and grow even in unexpected places. O Lord, hear my prayer, in the name of Jesus, who not only suffered but brought healing through Love. Amen.
There are two questions in this narrative,
Which happens on the Sabbath, day of rest,
A sick man lies with nothing more to give
Then Jesus comes and sees this man distressed.
So Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well?”
A self-reflective question of intent
For what he wants, he may not know or tell,
Or think it is a possible event.
His healing sparks a second question too,
“Who is the man who said take it and walk?
A question of his sources and of whom
(Those who don’t see do question all this talk).
I ask myself these questions in this way:
What do I seek and who do I obey?
In preparation for a prayer service, I fit the text to “Be Thou my Vision” to the tune of “Morning is Broken” (Bunessan). When I completed that project, I felt inspired to set my own prayerful words to that same tune.