This Week's Prayers
(Meditation: Revelation 21:4-5)
God, I pray for those who grieve the loss of a loved one. Comfort them when the "why" questions aren't answered, and pain clutches their heart. Hold them close when they watch other, intact, families, and envy grips their heart. God, soothe their cycle of questions with a growing reliance upon You. Dry their tears, and use their grief to build compassion for others. Ease their pain by bringing their family closer together. Deepen their calm. Let them rest in You, for You make all things work together for good to them who trust in You. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord.Amen.
(Meditation: Philippians 1:9-11)
God, I don't like to reprimand anyone -- I like to encourage and reward. It's hard to point out someone's errors without feeling like a tyrant. But our work here must be done well in order to get repeat business -- people's jobs depend on that. God, when I have to correct or discipline someone, give me good judgment and objective fairness. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: Psalm 46:1-3)
God, on this anniversary of 9/11/01, we still don't understand terrorism. We know little about war without battlefields and uniforms. We know nothing about deliberate attacks on innocent civilians. Sustain our President and those who have great responsibilities in protecting our nation. Nurture the great heart of America. Unite the great spirit of America. And forge in all Americans great commitment and generosity. God, may we trust in You, for ONLY in You can we find meaning, and understanding, and redemption, and life eternal. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: John 16:33)
God, because I'm a Christian I sometimes expect to live in the world in perfect harmony. I'm a Christian -- why am I not always happy? I'm a Christian -- why shouldn't everyone live in perfect accord with me? God, I sometimes expect You to make this world act like heaven. Yet, this world is anything BUT harmony, and accord, and happiness. When adversities and tragedies come, help me to maintain a heart in this world shaped by Your kingdom. When things seem out of control, help me to maintain in this world a spirit born anew in Your kingdom. When pain and grief come, help me to maintain in this world a contentment granted in Your kingdom. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
(Meditation: I Corinthians 15:54-57)
God, all of us move along steadily toward death. Sometimes we deny it, and sometimes we try to drown out the thought of death. We fear death as an end, rather than see it as a doorway. God, help us to accept that we are on the way home, to be with You. In Jesus' name. Amen.