Archive for the 'Prayers' Category

August 3, 2014

for those living with poverty and hunger

Here is a prayer by Mimi A. Simson from Santa Barbara, California in Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World, a collection of wonderful prayers written by women from around the world. For Those Living with Poverty and Hunger Our Loving Creator God, We bring before you this day the burden the whole world […]

July 20, 2014

forgive us

For the sin we have committed by ignoring the poor…. And for the sin we have committed by not respecting God’s image in every human being….  And for the sin we have committed by not allowing others to become what they could be…. And for the sin we have committed by keeping silent in the […]

July 17, 2014

living more gently

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Coleridge. How many of us first encountered him in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?  Written in 1798, the poem still has a truth we need to hear today. We are all connected in a beautiful web of life that includes everything, not just our human family. Remembering that […]

July 5, 2014

humble hearts of service

Glorious Lord, You are wondrous to see and know. Your glory outshines the purest gold or the clearest diamond. Take away our pride in possessions, Father, and give us humble hearts of service and compassion. Help us not place our hope in the uncertainty of money, but in you, who graciously gives us everything we […]

June 27, 2014

make us aware

Lord, Make us aware of how much we, at times, benefit from the oppression of others. We seek our bargains at department stores without ever asking if those bargains were made possible by children laboring for a pittance in some dingy sweat shop, or by some women working for starvation wages in a Third World […]

March 2, 2010

A prayer for Haiti

In the midst of the ongoing suffering in Haiti, the cries of the victims can still be heard. For all of us that love Haiti, and for all of us touched by the plight of our Haitian family this prayer for Haiti by Rose Marie Berger is both moving and timely. Most Holy Creator God, […]

January 11, 2010

move us in compassion

A prayer by Craham Kerr taken from for they shall be fed, edited by Ronald J. Sider          Thank you for the faith to believe that you continually make adequate provision for those left out of the normal distribution of goods and services related to food. We bring these broken, weeping, and often lost peoples […]

December 28, 2009

becoming the miracles we seek

As we rapidly approach yet another new year, I remember a delightfully appropriate quote from Phillips Brooks (1835–1893). Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your own work shall be no […]