Pastoral Prayer from 2/21/16

Oh LORD, you are the true wellspring of life, the giver of the living water, the greatest source of deep compassion, and so we pray to you this day. Hear our prayer for all who are thirsty in Your world. We pray for those thirsty for a life of meaning. We pray for those thirsty for a word of Grace. And we pray for those thirsty for a simple drink of water. You are the one in whom life itself finds meaning. You offer us Grace which sustains us through the spiritual deserts of our lives. And you are the one who brought forth water from a rock. And so we have hope.

We pray for those who cannot drink from their faucets, who are afraid to take a shower because of corroded pipes and the poison which flows from the spigot. We pray for the community of Flint, Michigan for whom living water has taken on a new meaning.

Hear our prayer for all who are weary. We pray for those weary from life’s long journey. We pray for those weary from quarreling and testing. And we pray for those weary from pain or grief. You are the one who walks with us on this great journey of Life. You are with us when temptation lurks right around the corner as you were with Christ during his temptations in the Wilderness. You are our rock and our refuge where we can rest when the pain gets too much or our tears cloud our vision. And so, we have hope.

We pray for those whom life’s journey is only one foot in front of the other. They seek to leave behind a world of factions who quarrel with war and turmoil which leaves only pain and grief in the lives of those touched. We pray for the refugees of the world for whom weariness has become the normal season of their lives.

Hear our prayer for all who are broken. We pray for those broken by sin and suffering. We pray for those broken by shame and rejection. And we pray for those broken by acts of violence. You took sin upon yourself and suffered at the hands of our sin. You knew what it was to be shamed and you were even rejected in your own hometown. An act of violence ended your life. And so you know what it is like to be afraid, what it is like to ache, what it is like to be human. And so, we have hope.

We pray for those who know what sin and suffering look like because they saw it, experienced it, and felt it today in Kalamazoo. We pray for those shamed and rejected by a society who does not want to even acknowledge them, those with mental health illness and issues. And we pray for those lives are no longer, those whose lives have been broken open by violence.

Living God, through your Spirit, pour your love, grace, and healing into the lives of those who are thirsty, those who are weary, those who are broken. Transform us this day so we might be agents of your reconciling love, grace, and healing to reach out and share the Good News we find in Christ, the One who taught us to pray together: Our God who art in heaven…

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