Sunday, June 17, 2007
Holy and Wondrous Creator, in an act of love so powerful as to be beyond comprehension, you created all that was, is, and will be. This is another day that you have created, and you have filled it with beauty and possibilities. We thank you, God, for the promise of another day and another opportunity to live for you and incarnate the peace, love and justice to which we are called.
Guide us through this day, O God, that we might create spaces of safe refuge for those who especially need to hear a word of hope spoken with genuine compassion. May those who live in the chaos of illness of body, mind or spirit, find the peaceful order of someone who cares. May the lonely hear the friendly words of a companion that will break up the monotony of hours spent alone. May the grieving feel your arms wrapped closely around them in their pain, and may they see the face of Christ in friends who care.
God, we pray for all the creatures of the earth. We ask forgiveness for our neglect of the sacred gift of our planet and ask for guidance as we learn how to better care for its needs. Bless our winged and four-footed friends, as well as the fish and reptiles. Bless our pets God, for they bring such joy to our lives.
God, with you nothing is impossible, and so I pray for an end to war and conflict. Help us, each of us, to make all the difference in the world, simply by living as Jesus taught us to live. It is in his name that we pray. Amen.