When we see your glorious vision Of peace and justice taking hold Oh, let us step up and join your efforts To love and heal a hurting world. This prayer can be sung to the tune LONESOME VALLEY.
God, thank you for the capacity to dream, to imagine what could be, to look beyond ourselves and this time—the now. God, teach us to live in gratitude for this gift, so we may not only dream but also realize and come to know more loving ways, the flourishing of creation, your justice and peace— a world more reflective of your beautiful reign.
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.
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.
Fountain They used to be called a fountain Those sturdy rocks nestled in the side of a hill They stand in fountain formation, and yet Their pools remain muddy and still. There lies the potential for a flowing fountain, If only someone found and animated the water. If only someone turned it on, What a wonder we would have among us. But instead, we have the suggestion of a fountain-- untapped potential, waiting for animation. Oh murky water, gathering the withered and weathered, The Divine Creator recognizes you, A symbol of the resources given to humanity, The gifts not seen, neglected, unused. Oh the standing water resting on the rock beds Just waiting to flow for all to see, I see you. You look so familiar. Your presence speaks to me. "How wonderful to have the resources To make the fountains flow. Only tap into that Divine potential, and let the waters of justice flow."
A prayerful response to Isaiah 40: 28-31
Eternal God, you do not tire in the work of generating and sustaining life. Neither do you grow weary or impatient. But God, you know that we do. “Even youths will faint and be weary…” when work builds up, and rest takes a backseat, when our health is compromised, and family concerns arise, when our minds are on overload, and when the efforts for justice and reconciliation seem oh so ineffective. We tire, grow weary and impatient, God; and, waiting seems like an insurmountable feat. “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” and so we strive to wait. With your Spirit, O God, help us wait, so we “shall run and not be weary” as we respond to your call and do your work in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. *Quotations from verses 30 and 31, NRSV.