Prayer for Sunday, June 16

south florida sunrise

God, we thank you for this day, your gift to us.  We thank you for the wonder and the beauty of it – and the privilege we have to live our lives surrounded by such wonder and such beauty.

We confess that we sometimes take all of that for granted, that life can seem more like a burden than a gift, that our worries can often overwhelm what is most precious about our lives.  And for that, we’re truly sorry.  Help us, remind us, push us, to see our lives as you do, to see them as gifts to be enjoyed, not burdens to be endured.  Help us to find something new in each moment, something more surprising and good and delightful every time we look around.

It’s not surprising that our prayer begins with ourselves.  It almost always does.  We focus so much of our attention on how we’re feeling, and how we’re getting along, so today in this time of worship we take time to re-focus our attention on the world as you see it.

We pray for your world, especially for those places where there is war and conflict, where people are displaced from their homes and villages, where hunger and disease are closer than any of us can imagine.  We feel helpless in the face of it.  We hardly know what to do or how to pray.  And so we pray that you will show us how to be your hands and feet in a hurting world.  Show us how to love.

We pray for this church – its leadership, its staff, its members.  We pray for those who are struggling with illness today, those whose lives feel out of control, and those who are just trying to get through each day.  Help us as a church family to be there for them, to embrace them, to tell them how much their lives matter to us.

On this Father’s Day, we pray for fathers.  We’re grateful for the fathers among us who took their calling seriously, who lived and loved and taught, who wanted us to be everything we were capable of being, who encouraged us, who believed in us when we were discouraged, and who showed us with their own lives what matters most.  Help those of us who are fathers to leave a lasting impression.

For the Kirk Singers choir tour and the college mission trip people who are returning today, we give thanks.  For those groups who are getting ready to go in the next couple of weeks, we pray.  For all of us, show us how to live and speak the good news.

Now, hear us as we pray together the words Jesus taught us…

About Doug

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” contest. I am also a Presbyterian pastor, and for several years toward the end of my career I lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland. I am now retired and live just north of Holland, Michigan, along the lake.

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5 Responses to Prayer for Sunday, June 16

  1. Peter Caspari June 16, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    What a beautiful prayer. I can see it comes right from the heart with much love.

  2. Bruce chapman June 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Very helpful for me in this quiet Sunday hour’s repose . . . Praise God from Whom all life flows. Amen.

  3. Mary Lynn Lovejoy June 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Doug,

    You continue to speak to my heart, and I am so grateful for the inspiration you provide to our church, our community and certainly to me. Love and hugs from New England! I am present at First Pres in spirit, via the internet and occasionally when I visit. Thank you for yet another beautiful message. Mary Lynn

    • Doug June 17, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      Miss you, Mary Lynn. I hope you’re enjoying life in the northeast!

  4. Leannah Robinson June 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Thank you Doug for the beautiful prayer. I know God is pleased. Leannah

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