Monday, February 18, 2008

Prayer - call and response

Here is a prayer for today by E. Glenn Hinson:

Dear God, You give much, but You ask more.
You bring our world into being, but you ask that we be its caretakers.
You make us in Your image and likeness,
but you ask that we show the world we are your children.
You pour love into our hearts, but You ask that we love others.
You are our hope, but You ask that we awaken hope in others.

Sometimes we think it's too much.
"I know," God says, "Sometimes I think it's too much, too.
We both must live in hope.
I hope that one day this world will match my dream,
That you human beings will grow up into
the humanity of Jesus Christ,
That faith, hope, and love - these three - will reign in every heart.
That's why I sent my Son."

Dear God, let us be fellow sufferers and harbingers of hope in our world.
May we not be so overwhelmed by the dark we cannot see the light.
May others know hope through us.
May we with our hearts love you,
with our minds seek you,
with our whole selves serve you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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