Lord, I come to you this Sunday morning knowing that you are my rock and my strength. I recognize that Your love and Your grace sustain me. Through your love and your mercy I have salvation. I have been redeemed and set free from the bondage of fear through the sacrifice of your Son on the cross.
Yet, when I look around me I see so much fear, so much hatred, so much bitterness. I see uncontrolled rage. I see so much of the world You came to save still enslaved in sin and darkness.
My prayer, this morning, is for forgiveness. I know that so much of the pain that fills our world comes from our lack of true love and our shallow spirituality. I pray that the eyes of all of us who claim to follow Your Son would be opened. Touch our hearts anew with You love and acceptance. Let us realize as never before the true depths of Your love.
Take away our fear. Help us rest in Your love. Help us live alive, unafraid of the evil Your Son has already conquered. Grant us the courage to demonstrate your love in every situation and to rise above the fear and hatred that fills those who do not know You. Empower us to wage peace wherever we go, and allow Your love for the world, the entire world, shine through us. Amen
I praise you this morning, God. You alone are worthy of worship and praise, and so I pause to again give you glory and honor for your love, your mercy and your unending grace.
Thank you for your unconditional love and acceptance. Thank you for the grace of Jesus the Christ and for the explosive power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for creating such a perfect world.
This morning I lift up all the victims of senseless violence. Be with the families of those recently killed in Paris, but be with those grieving families in other areas of the world, as well. families in Syria, in Yemen, in Uganda, in South Sudan, in Iraq , Afghanistan, and even here in the United States. Let every member of every family touched by violence feel your love and experience your peace that passes all understanding.
And Lord I would pray that you grant all your children that perfect love that casts out fear. Help us live as your children should live, unafraid of whatever life brings. We now live in an age of growing violence and terrorism. Grant us all the strength and blessing of faith and faithfulness that we might be beacons of hope and light in a world darkened by fear and hatred.
Allow each of us to live alive, fully sharing the love you have first given us. Help us to be agents of reconciliation in every relationship you have granted us. Empower us to speak love and peace in the face of fear, bigotry and hatred. Grant us the strength to be peacemakers in a world gone mad. And in the end, grant us the blessing of your eternal presence. Amen
God of mercy and justice, we praise you this perfect day for all the gifts you have given your children. We glorify your name for your sustaining grace and the everlasting love poured so freely into our lives. You have given us so much, and for everything we have and all that we are, we give you our thanks.
Our prayer this morning is for the grace to more fully respond to the love and grace you have first given us. Help us always remember, and always be aware that all we have comes from you.
We have been so richly blessed with material abundance. We have financial wealth unimaginable by most of our human family. We take solid shelter and good homes for granted in a world teeming with refugees and the homeless. Food security is never an issue for our families Instead, we complain about variety and search out ever newer and exotic meals. We spend without thought, and eat to excess in a world full of poor and hungry.
Forgive us, Lord, for our thoughtlessness. Forgive us for our lack of awareness. Forgive us for our continued misuse of the gifts so freely bestowed upon us. Forgive us for our lack of caring… and our lack of sharing.
Lord, open our eyes so that we might see our world through your eyes. Grant us compassion deep enough to bring us to our knees in true empathy with those of our family chained by poverty and hunger. Grant us the miracle-working power of your Holy Spirit to lift us above our self-centeredness, our selfishness and fears so that we might love the least of these among us enough to open ourselves fully enough to share not only all we have…but all we are. Lord, teach us this morning how to be generous, and to give as you have first given to us.
Grant us more generous hearts. Help us more fully reflect your love through our caring and our sharing. And let all we have been given be used to glorify you. Amen
Prayer for a Time of Hunger ~ from Bread for the World,
God our sustainer, we ask you to pour your powerful Spirit into
all who are empty this day: Fill the hearts of persons who are
troubled. Fill the minds of men and women who are confused.
Fill the stomachs of your children who are hungry. Fill the souls
of people who are feeling lost. Fill the lives of all who need you,
but do not know you. May your Spirit fill us all to overflowing,
dear Lord, and may we be inspired to share our abundance with
others, so that there will be no more empty hearts and minds,
stomachs and souls. We pray all this in the name of Jesus
Christ, who fills lives with your endless grace. Amen.
It’s 0410 here in rainy Lynchburg, Virginia. I’ve been up for about 45 minutes and don’t think getting back to sleep is a real option.
I have prayed. I have done some Scripture study. I have been able to also knock out some of my work scheduled for later today.
That might allow for a short nap later this afternoon. But now I am caught in between too late to go back to bed and too early to get seriously busy.
So, when in doubt, blog.
In fact, it’s a good opportunity to blog about my blog. I began thefaceofhunger at some point in the distant past with the hope I might encourage readers to become more engaged with the plight of the world’s poor and hungry. Now, over 950 blog posts later, I am rapidly coming closer to the end of this journey.
It’s been a privilege to talk about the work of Stop Hunger Now and the unbelievable impact our efforts have had in helping end hunger in our lifetime. I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to share my travel stories and to lift up those most in need.
But soon I will be passing off thefaceofhunger to other capable hearts and hands. When that hand off happens I will become an avid reader of the blog rather than its writer. My prayer is that thefaceofhunger continues to inspire and motivate all of us to do everything possible until hunger is just a memory. Working together we can end hunger in our lifetime.
Most merciful God of all creation, I come to Your throne of grace this morning with praise and thanks for all the rich blessings you have bestowed so freely upon all your children. I worship You and offer unending thanksgiving for Your love, Your justice and Your sustaining mercy.
I ask for special mercy this day for those crushed by poverty and those oppressed by forces beyond their control. I pray that those in the shadow of starvation may see the light of your presence in the form of life-sustaining food and that the hungry everywhere might be fed until they are filled.
Open our hearts, Lord, that we may see through Your eyes. Help us to love our brothers and sisters even as You love us. And let Your love, Your mercy and Your grace flow through us as we strive to meet the need of the least of these among us. In a world so richly blessed there are none that should lack daily bread. My prayer is that You would empower us to do whatever needs to be done to see that Your gifts are shared with all our family.
Allow me Lord to be a true ambassador of reconciliation. Grant me the strength to be a real peacemaker. And may my life be a clear reflection of Your love and compassion in every situation. Amen
Most gracious and compassionate God, how thankful I am this morning for the love you pour into Your children’s lives. We are sustained through Your everlasting mercy and your grace. I praise You for Your presence that never leaves nor forsakes us.
Today, we have another gift, the multitude of opportunities to reflect that love and grace You have already shown us. Help us embrace that gift. Help us reach out to those most in need of love and compassion.
Empower us through Your Holy Spirit to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Let us be true peacemakers in a world filled with conflict and violence. Let Your love flow through us that all those around us would feel Your love and acceptance.
Especially, Lord, I would ask that those who are fleeing their homes might know Your strength. Allow them a sense of Your presence that they might have a respite from their fear. And allow us who live in safety to reach out to them with the aid and relief most needed. Grant us all a spirit of hospitality.
Give us more love, Lord.
All of this we ask in the Name of the risen Christ. Amen