A Blessing and a challenge

A blessing I am going to use for Monday’s Morning Prayer on Zoom.

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and xploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

Three More Images of Christ I found on the Internet- what are your thoughts?

Following Monday morning’s Reader Discussion last week  and subsequent conversations I turned to prayer:

We pray for all who feel their identity  whether defined by race, gender, sexuality of economic status makes them feel excluded by the church. Lord, help all people, especially those who would call them selves Christian see our prejudices in the light of your love and work toward making the Kingdom here on earth fair and equitable. 

We pray for those who cannot, do not or will not follow the rules, advice and guidance in preventing the spread of disease in the current pandemic. Lord that they might see themselves in light of your love that they might love their neighbour and not just themselves. 

We pray for all politicians and world leaders as they face difficult decisions and difficult choices in coming weeks and months.  Lord, grant them wisdom to understand the underlying issues, eyes that really see the suffering of their people, ears that hear the cries for help and wills that they might change things for the good of all and not just the wealthiest. 


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