Friday, March 17, 2017

A Prayer for Friday, March 17, 2017

Green, Pt. 1 (15th day of Lent)

O God,

Forgive us for those times when
we’ve been green with envy.

Help us be as grateful for the blessings
others have as we are for those we have.

Make us more conscious of those who have less
than we have than we are of those who have more.

Make us more interested in sharing what
we do have than in acquiring what we don’t.


Amen.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Prayer for Thursday, March 16, 2017

Maybe (14th day of Lent)

O God,

Today—

Maybe I’ll win, maybe I’ll lose.
Maybe I’ll succeed, maybe I’ll fail.
Maybe I’ll know, maybe I’ll wonder.
Maybe I’ll remember, maybe I’ll forget.
Maybe I’ll trust, maybe I’ll doubt.
Maybe I’ll give, maybe I’ll take.

If today’s like every other day 
so far, maybe I’ll do all of it.

Help me embrace all of it.

Help me love in all of it.


Amen.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Prayer for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mobile, Pt. 5 (13th day of Lent)

O God,

Give us mobile lives.

It’s good to get to go places. Help us seek
and take advantage of opportunities to do so.

But I mean more than that.

Give us lives that are always on the go.

Give us lives that are always seeking and
embracing new experiences and perspectives.

Don’t let us get stuck in our ways, in our places,
in our assumptions, or in our viewpoints.

Help us keep moving and growing.


Amen. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Prayer for Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mobile, Pt. 4 (12th day of Lent)

O God,

Give us mobile joy.

Give us joy we can carry
from one situation to another.

Give us joy that springs from our awareness
that you love us, accept us, forgive us, and sustain us.

Give us joy that is deeply rooted in trust
that you are working your purposes out and
that everything is going to be all right someday.

Give us joy that is so real we can carry it from
a happy moment into a devastating crisis.

Give us joy we know is there whether we are
laughing uncontrollably or sobbing inconsolably.


Amen.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Prayer for Monday, March 13, 2017

Mobile, Pt. 3 (11th day of Lent)

O God,

Give us mobile compassion.

It’s easy to have compassion toward
our family and our friends—toward
those who are closest to or most like us.

It’s not so easy to have compassion toward
those who are strangers or who we perceive,
rightly or wrongly, to be our enemies.

Give us compassion that moves easily
between individuals, groups, and situations.

Also give us compassion that
moves from attitude to action.


Amen.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Prayer for Sunday, March 12, 2017

Second Sunday in Lent

O God,

Draw us nearer to you.
Help us know you as well as we can.

As we grow nearer to you, draw us nearer to ourselves.
Help us know ourselves as well as we can.

As we grow nearer to you and to ourselves, draw us nearer to others.
Help us know others as well as we can.

As we grow nearer to you, to ourselves, and to others, help us grow in love.


Amen.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Prayer for Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mobile, Pt. 2 (Tenth day of Lent)

O God,

Give us mobile hope.

Give us hope that moves
easily from us to others.

When things seem okay

for us,

give us hope that they’ll be okay

for everybody.

When things seem bad

for us,

give us hope that they’ll be better

for everybody.

When things seem great

for us,

give us hope that they’ll be great

for everybody.

In other words, give us hope
that, when we have it for
ourselves, immediately becomes
hope that we have for others.

Don’t let our hope be just

about us.

Let it move right on over to

other people.

Amen.