PRAYERS FOR TOUGH TIMES

Prayer For Peace

Be at peace.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes and chances of this life;
Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise,
God, to whom you belong will in His love enable you to profit by them.
He has guided you thus far in life,
and He will lead you safely through all trials;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, then, and put aside all
anxious thoughts and imaginations.
Amen.

~St. Frances de Sales




Prayer At the Beginning of a Dark Day

We are still the people walking.
We are still people in the dark,
and the darkness looms large around us,
beset as we are by fear, anxiety, brutality, violence, loss —
a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.


We are — we could be — people of your light.
So we pray for the light of your glorious presence
as we wait for your appearing.
We pray for the light of your wondrous grace
as we exhaust our coping capacity;
we pray for your gift of newness that
will override our weariness;
we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust
in your good rule.


That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact
your rule through the demands of this day
We submit our day to you and to your rule, with deep joy and high hope.


Source: Walter Brueggerman, Prayers for a Privileged People




PRAYER FOR A HURTING WORLD

Lord, You have promised us your presence. So many around the world feel the need of that presence now - for comfort, for strength, for the provision of life sustaining resources, for a new home.

Their energy is sapped. Their routines are disrupted by the horrors of the past and the dangers of an unknown future. Sometimes the anxiety is too much. Sometimes you must seem distant to them. Sometimes they hurt in loneliness as well as in practical humani-tarian terms.
Father, we pray that pain such as theirs will be healed. And we feel challenged to play a greater role in that healing. Help us to discern how we fit into a world that is so much larger than our local community. Show us how we can, "help this fallen world stand up again".

So, Lord, we offer ourselves, our energies, the resources associated with more comfort-able lives than many enjoy. Give new meaning this coming season to our singing of, "Joy to the world".
Make us instruments of your joy and hope and peace. Help us to be the kind of comforters the Apostle Paul wrote about in II Corinthians 1:3-4,

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves
have received from God."

Give us courage to move more directly into this world of pain that we often see only on the evening news. Illuminate our eyes and inflame our hearts that we might discern ways to more effectively be used in your service. Show us the opportunities that must surely be sitting right in front of us.

Thank you, Lord, for being with all your children around the world. And thank you for caring for refugees in earlier ages, refugees such as Mary and Joseph as they fled to Egypt and refugees like the early Christians who were forced to disperse across the Roman Empire.

We pray this thru Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns in unity with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen




"I do not know"

I do not know what
this day will bring.
A cavern dark and fearsome
looms befoe me.
Unknown passages await me.
I do not know my way
in the darkness.
Lost and afraid, I face this day.

Take my hand. Lead me.
Be my light to guide my steps.
Be my strength to live this day.
Be my courage to face
whatever comes.
Be my confidence in every
moment.

I do not ask that You go
with me.
Rather, I pray that I will go
with You.
Nothing is too much for you.
in Your presence I am safe.

If I rise tomorrow, may I
live that day as it comes.
And if I do not rise,
I will RISE!


By Steven Spidell, Presbyterian Outreach to Patients, Texas Medical Center, Houston Texas




A Prayer of One Experiencing Loss

Lord God,
Giver of life
Source of all that exists,
Hear my prayer of pain.
My life is in shambles.
The one I love dearly is gone.
Removed from my world,
Yanked from my heart.

Often I wonder, Lord
Am I crazy?
Am I selfish?
Am I unfaithful?

Often I question, Lord
Are you aware?
Are you responsible?
Are you there?

Yet, in the midst of dark moments
Flickers of renewed energy spark my soul.

Memories that bring tears sometimes bring
unexpected smiles.
My broken heart remembers:
You are not a distant god but rather,
You are God - - revealed as One
acquainted with grief.

Lord, I beg for your assured presence.
For those who share my grief
And allow me to be me, I thank you.
For having my heart touched
by the love of the one now gone,
I thank you.

May your gentle arms of comfort
soothe my aching spirit.
May your name - I AM -
be victoriously proclaimed,
even in the valley of death.

--Virgil Fry




Mother Teresa's Prayers

Here is the prayer, written by Mother Teresa, that every Missionary of Charity says before leaving for his or her duties.
It is also used as the Physician's Prayer in Shishu Bhavan,
the children's home that Mother Teresa oversaw in Calcutta.
It is recommended that you say it twice a day.

Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before you
Since every perfect gift must come from you,
I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind,
Kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up a part
of the burden of my suffering fellow man,
and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness,
that with a simple faith of child, I may rely on you."


- From "A Simple Heart," by Mother Teresa, Ballantine Books, 1995




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