There are souls crying out to you, O God,
and our hearts in prayer join their chorus:
For consolation amidst great devastation.
+ We pray for the demolition and the heartbreak
left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
+ We sigh in the knowledge of pandemic hunger
and the social hypocrisy of holiday extravagances.
+ We weep for the fear and arrogance that drive wars,
including our personal wars against one another.
For solace amidst stresses that threaten to break us.
+ We pray over relationships that seem beyond repair,
including a few that need ending and others that need hope.
+ We look to you for guidance through changing seasons
in our places of work, in our homes, in this modern world.
+ We dare to pray about money: the very real need for it
but also the temptations of it, for each of us and for our church.
For gratitude to enliven our work and provoke our faith.
+ Because you are God, the Faithful One, the Redeemer
who lives and who loves even beyond the end of time.
+ Because you have sustained generations before us
and we have witnessed your work within our own lives.
+ Because you are not finished being God, not now,
not ever, and you continue to reach out to save us all.
Hear, O God, the swelling chorus of hearts in prayer.
Be satisfied to be with us always, we pray. Amen.
(This prayer is cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals.)