Eternal God, today, we remember that when all seemed lost, you appeared before us in a new way. When hope was gone, you resurrected it. When your presence seemed to be buried, you resurrected it. When Life laid beneath the ground, you resurrected it. And so, we rejoice in your power to endure and in your spirit that remains. Amen.
In conversations, laughter, and play, Through imagination, wonder, connection, and prayer, in a collection of little moments that added to something great, I felt a lift in my spirit. I sensed your presence near. I knew you were there, God. And so, I look back at my day with this thankful prayer. Amen.
I once learned to pray with my hands clasped, Head bowed, feet on the floor, feeling grounded, connected to the abiding presence of God. I also learned to open my hands, To open my eyes, and to open myself, To the Spirit of God all around me. And still, I learned another way to pray, To assume a posture of compassion and solidarity, And to stretch out my arms in service to others. I commit myself again to living out this Trinitarian prayer: To be rooted in the love of my Maker, Open to the Spirit all around me, And to be compassionate and in solidarity with others like my servant Lord.
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.
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.
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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O God to whom Jesus called, we are grateful for the invitation to honestly express our complaints, questions, and cries to you. Help us accept that invitation and be more authentic in our interactions with you, so we may better understand your gracious presence and better understand ourselves. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen. “And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 NRSV
God, thank you for the little joys, Which sometimes go unrecognized. And forgive my tendency to forget That you’re with us, working all the time. God, thank you for your divine love, That fills this world in wondrous ways, And catches my attention more and more.
Soggy, muddy grass Liberated from the snow Caught my attention A flock of turkeys Slowly moving together Caught my attention Rain falling, flowing Forging pathways down the hill Caught my attention The Spirit’s presence In and through and around me Caught my attention