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
We pray to the great Spiritual Power in which we live and move and have our being. We pray that we may at all times keep our minds open to new ideas and shun dogma; that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings and our connectedness with the natural world; that we may become ever more filled with generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life; that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature and control our greed for material things, knowing that our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children; that we may value each and every human being for who he is, for who she is, reaching to the spirit that is within, knowing the power of each individual to change the world.We pray for social justice, for the alleviation of the crippling poverty that condemns millions of people around the world to lives of misery – hungry, sick, and utterly without hope. We pray for the children who are starving, who are condemned to homelessness, slave labor, and prostitution, and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture even members of their own family. We pray for the victims of violence and war, for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind. We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.We pray for suffering animals everywhere, for an end to the pain caused by scientific experimentation, intensive farming, fur farming, shooting, trapping, training for entertainment, abusive pet owners, and all other forms of exploitation such as overloading and overworking pack animals, bull fighting, badger baiting, dog and cock fighting and so many more.We pray for an end to cruelty, whether to humans or other animals, for an end to bullying, and torture in all its forms. We pray that we may learn the peace that comes with forgiving and the strength we gain in loving; that we may learn to take nothing for granted in this life; that we may learn to see and understand with our hearts; that we may learn to rejoice in our being.We pray for these things with humility; We pray because of the hope that is within us, and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit; We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God. We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world.
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one.
Most gracious and merciful God, I praise You and offer You thanks and worship at the start of this beautiful day. I pray for Your grace and forgiveness this morning. I pray that the power of your Holy Spirit may fill me to overflowing that all my speech and all my actions might be a powerful witness to Your eternal and unchanging love.
I especially lift up to You this morning all those suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Bless them in a special way. Grant them food, but also grant them justice.Work through me to help achieve a world where justice leads to peace, and where hunger is nothing but a memory.
Lord, help us to be obedient to Your Word. Grant me the grace to be obedient to Your perfect will. Use us, use me, to end hunger in my lifetime. And may the entire human family know the love You have brought. Amen
Most merciful and loving God, how precious is your Name. This morning I pray for all those in distress from war and violence in every land. I especially lift up the people of South Sudan where peace is so desperately needed.
Let your grace abound and let the power of of your Holy Spirit minister comfort to all those most in need. Fill your people with the hunger to minister to the needs of the poor and hungry providing food for both body and soul.
And for all of us, we pray that your perfect will be done. Guide us and direct us in thought word and deed so that we continue to move our world toward a place of peace and justice. AMEN
Gracious and most merciful Creator, You have graced us beyond comprehension. All that we have, even life itself, is a gift from you. And for all that we have received we give you thanks and praise.
Even as we praise you for the mercy and love you have poured into our lives we recognize that there are those around us that are not so blessed. We are forced to admit that our world is not just, that evil abounds, that violence stalks the poor, and that hunger still kills thousands of our family every day.
Our prayer this morning is that each of us who call ourselves followers of your Son might be guided more completely by his love and compassion. Allow us to be touched by the pain and fear of the poor and hungry. Allow us to sense the anger Jesus felt for those who would abuse the weak.
And throughout this week we would ask that you would guide us to those we might demonstrate compassion and mercy in your name. Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit that we might bring bring peace where there is conflict and grace where the need is the greatest. Grant us the power to serve you by serving those most in need of your love.