Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Prayer for Tuesday, February 21, 2017


O God,

Give me opportunities

to help the helpless,
to speak out for the oppressed, and
to embrace the marginalized.

Give me grace and courage to act
on the opportunities you give me.


Monday, February 20, 2017

A Prayer for Monday, February 20, 2017

Before (Pt. 2)

O God,

Help us

think before we speak,
pray before we act,
reflect before we respond,


love before we do anything.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Prayer for Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Lord’s Day

O God,

We bring before you all the things that make us who we are.

We bring our success and our failure, our faith and our fear, and our assurance and our doubt.

We tend to think that our success, our faith, and our assurance are the positive things that we bring and that our failure, our fear, and our doubt are the negative things.

Help us see that it all depends.

Help us see that, if we are comfortable in our success, if we are presumptuous in our faith, and if we are arrogant in our assurance, those things can get in the way of our worship and our service.

Help us see that, if our failure humbles us, if our fear enlivens us, and if our doubt deepens us, those things can open up appropriate ways of worship and service.

We bring before you all the things that make us who we are, because that’s all we have.

Help us be honest about ourselves. Help us be open to your grace.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Prayer for Saturday, February 18, 2017

Before (Pt. 1)

O God,

Help us face and deal with what is before us.

Don’t let us look away.
Don’t let us hope it will take care of itself.
Don’t let us assume somebody else with handle it.

Give us wisdom to see things as they are.
Give us grace to live into them.
Give us courage to do what must be done.

Help us face and deal with what is before us in ways
that demonstrate our love for you and for people.


Friday, February 17, 2017

A Prayer for Friday, February 17, 2017


O God,

Remind us to look to see who is beside us.

When they are similar to us, let us appreciate it.
When they are different than us, let us celebrate it.

When they confirm us, let us ponder it.
When they challenge us, let us learn from it.

When they need our help, let us give it.
When they offer to help, let us receive it.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Prayer for Thursday, February 16, 2017


O God,

When we look behind us,
don’t let it be so we can wallow
in regret, guilt, or nostalgia.

When we look behind us,
let it be so we can
celebrate, learn, and live.