1%, Baptism, Black, Christian, Democrat, Disagree, Division, Enemy, Female, Gay, Grace, Homeless, Hurt, Illiterate, Lectionary, Love of Christ, Male, Mercy, Poor, Pray, Republican, Rich, Straight, Understand, Well-educated, White
After a long hiatus, I hope to return to writing daily prayers connected to what is going on in the lectionary/daily readings and in the world.
As you begin, take three deep breaths to settle your thoughts.
“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Holy God, in baptism, you have clothed us in Christ, wrapping us tenderly in your mercy and grace. In a world of divisions, make us one in your dear Son. Help us to pray for those with whom we disagree, for those whom we do not understand, for those who have hurt us, and for our enemies. And knowing the way in which we have been clothed in Christ and his love, may we generously share love with all we encounter: male and female, rich and poor, gay or straight, Christian or not, black or white, well-educated or illiterate, homeless or the 1%, Republican or Democrat… In the name of Jesus we pray, AMEN.
Close with the Lord’s Prayer, speaking each word slowly and paying attention as you pray to any word or phrase that catches your attention.