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LIVES MATTER

O God, help us!

This I know is true:  Lives matter! I pray it to you because to say it aloud seems to draw critics, angry words, troubles and hurts. And yet I pray to you, because it is true and you have said it is true, lives matter indeed.

Yet I live in a culture that applauds the success of one individual over another. Forgive me O God and forgive us for our willingness to succeed while others struggle, fail, and lose heart.

I live in a culture that offers me pleasures that take no thought for the lack of the other. Forgive me O God and forgive us for our selfish pleasuring while plundering the blessings You’ve given for a grander purpose, a noble life of sharing with those who have not.

I live in a culture that gives awards to the fastest, the brightest, the strongest, the skin deep attractive and calls me to keep the charade of it all. Forgive me O God and forgive us for neglecting the slower, ignoring the simple, sidelining the weak, and never acknowledging those whose beauty clearly can be seen from the inside out.

I live in a culture that values power, control, maintaining the status quo and forsaking real and meaningful change in heart, mind and action. Forgive me O God and forgive us for joining with those who resist the ways of your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

O God, help us! Help me!

For those who say, “I have come to know God,” but do not obey his commandments are liars; those who abide in Jesus must walk just as he walked (1 John 2:4-6).

For the love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride of richest comes not from the Father but from the world ( 1 John 2:16-17).

For how does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help (1 John 3:17)?

For those who say, “I love God,” yet hate their brothers or sisters are liars; those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters (1 John 5:20-21).

O God, help us, teach us, change us, empower us, for Lives matter. Amen

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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Confessions from An Affirmation that “This is My Father’s World”

Our Father, Creator and Maker of All Things, Sustainer and Lover of our Souls, we give thanks to you this day for the world that you have created and for your faithful love and mercy toward us.

Forgive us Lord, for although, this is your world, sometimes we are so obsessed with ourselves, our gifts and abilities, or our struggles and problems that we fail to discern and recognize this is our Father’s world.

Forgive us Lord, that though all nature sings, we often are silent in giving you the praises that are due to you.

Forgive us Father, for although, you speak to us everywhere, in all of life and all of creation, we often are distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil, and we often are more concerned with what we have to say, than we are what you are saying to us.

Forgive us Father, that is the midst of the wrong that seems so strong in our world, we forget that You are the Ruler yet and that Christ is victorious in all things.

We sing “This is My Father’s World”.  Lift our eyes O Lord, to see beyond ourselves, beyond our boundaries of our community, our nation, our race, our perspective, so that we may see the needs of all peoples.  Grow our faith that we might trust that you have the whole world in your hands and that we might actively love and care for the world, even as you do.

Where there famine, bring food, immediate food and long-term solutions to hunger needs.

Where there is oppression, bring freedom and release.

Where there is war, bring peace, bring hope, bring peace-makers.

Where there is sorrow, bring comfort.

Where there are differences, teach us to love as you love the whole world.

We pray these things in name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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