May we, for just a brief while, transfer our focus from all the challenges we face today and become open to many ways of “being” in this world together.
Quoting from John O’Donahue’s “Eternal Echoes”, we promise together:
May we live this day, compassionate of heart, gentle in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, generous in love.
Let us pray. When you hear the words, “Benevolent God”, please respond with “Hear our prayers.”
In the world council of Churches prayer cycle today, we pray for the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe. In the spirit of fellowship with these countries, we remember them in our daily prayers. We pray for our Bienestar partners in Guatemala; our brothers and sisters in the Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; Peacemakers and peacekeepers; healthcare workers and all those truly brave and dedicated volunteers who work throughout the world; and all those being persecuted for their gender or their beliefs. We pray for those who have been ill or who have lost loved ones to Covid-19, and for the scientists working to develop a vaccine for the pandemic. Benevolent God… “Hear our Prayers.”
In the Pacific Mountain Regional Council Prayer Cycle, we pray for the people of Denman Island Pastoral Charge. May they achieve all their goals and aspirations. Closer to home in our Nelson United Church Community, merciful God, extend the light of your comfort and peace to those experiencing grief, illness or fear. We name those on our Prayer List… …We take a moment to pause and name any others we are concerned for, so that we may remember in our own hearts… …Benevolent God… “Hear our Prayers.”
In this time of isolation and loneliness, may we also say a wee prayer for those creatures with whom we live, who bring us so much comfort. When the day gets dark and gloomy, my little friend sits closer to me. We spend these quiet hours in joyful lack of motivation, content to be carefree on our journey home.
Loving God, help us all to remember, in these trying times, ALL LIFE MATTERS!
And together we say… “AMEN!”