May we be the road

May the path that Christ walks to bring justice upon the earth, to bring light to those who sit in darkness, to bring out those who live in bondage, to bring new things to all creation:
May this path run through our life. May we be the road Christ takes. Amen.

– Jan L. Richardson

Extravagant God

Extravagant God,
lavishing your love on our poverty of heart:
inspire us to give with generosity,
to love life so that we may find it again,
and thus the world will be filled
with the fragrance of your love;
through Jesus Christ, who offers himself for us. Amen.

-Ann Siddall

God of dreams and Lord of visions

God of dreams and Lord of visions,
We pray for eyes to see and ears to hear. For hearts and minds that will respond to all that you reveal to us:
‘Come,’ said the man who spoke through the night, ‘Come to Macedonia and help us.’
And his plea echoes others offered down through the centuries: ‘Come,’ they chorus, ‘Help,’ they implore.
In places of famine and desert they cry: ‘Bring to our nations the waters of life.’
In places of pain and brokenness they cry: ‘Bring to our nations leaves for healing, from the tree of life.’
In places of conflict and betrayal they cry: ‘Bring to this world the peace that was given by Jesus himself.’
And of course, today, we’ll endeavor to bring justice and peace, freedom and healing and love.

But in our ambition to build heaven on earth,
Remind us, good God of visions and dreams,
With eyes to see and ears to hear,
And hearts and minds to understand,
That those we seek to help today,
May be the very ones anointed
To reveal the paths of salvation
That we are yet to walk. Amen.

– Prayer from Christian Aid
Inspired by Acts 16:9-15

Restore

Creator of the universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory through love.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war, or greed,
the new creation of Love may appear in justice and peace,
Restored through your perfect shalom. Amen.

– Vanderbilt Revised Common Lectionary