Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Pray, brothers and sisters

I bid you pray for:

  • Parents with children's problems, both large and small

  • Those disturbed by the world their children and grandchildren will grow up in

  • Those overworked at the end of a semester, or as they prepare for tenure review or other professional obligations

  • Those who miss peace, love, and understanding

  • Those whose friends and families have been diagnosed with serious disease

  • Those suffering from discrimination due to mental illness, and those who are depressed

  • Those facing financial shortfalls at Christmas, especially those who cannot afford a present for their children

  • Those suffering from serious illness, especially lupus, cancer or fibromyalgia

  • Those who must care for the seriously ill

  • Those who cannot feel the presence of the divine in their lives

  • Those craving political change

  • Those mourning the loss of friends
  • The families of the men and women killed in Tuesday's attack in Iraq, and for all who have lost a loved one in an unnecessary war

  • The family of Mrs. Smith, who died today at the age of 74 after a painful battle with cancer.

Gracious and loving God, we pray for all these things, spoken and unspoken.  May our hearts be ever open to the needs of your people, and may we live in service to them, compassionate people.  Comfort the suffering, restore justice to the world, and bring us peace.  We pray these things in the name of Emmanuel, our God-with-us.


Amen.

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