Prayer for Catching Your Breath

O God of each sacred breath

Breathe rest into our weary bodies and souls

For children keep growing, seasons keep changing

And we keep waiting for a chance to catch our breaths

Help us hold space for hope with each inhale

When overwhelm holds our hearts

Help us hold space for peace with each exhale

When information floods our minds

We’re gasping for air,

O God Help us catch our breath

And refresh our souls with the power of your

Spirit Fill our lungs with

Your peace

So that we may rest

Fill our lungs with

Your peace

So that we may keep going

Pour into us so we may pour into others

And clear the air for them to live into a better way

May your Kingdom break into the smog of this world

So we, all of us, may breathe a little easier

Amen.

– Kayla Craig

A Prayer for you world

In a cynical and despairing world,

O God, give us a quietly prophetic voice to proclaim your hope.

In a violent and angry world,

O God, give us a quietly prophetic voice to proclaim your peace.

In a dismissive and disinterested world,

O God, give us a quietly prophetic voice to proclaim your compassion.

In a lonely and inhospitable world,

O God, give us a quietly prophetic voice to proclaim your love.

In a grieving and weeping world,

O God, give us a quietly prophetic voice to proclaim your joy.

May we be so captivated by your hope,

O God, that we cannot help but to whisper, to sing, and to enact, the message of your reign which is always coming into our world;

And may our quietly prophetic lives, be channels of your restoring grace wherever we may go. Amen.

– John Van de Laar

Help Me Listen

O Holy One,

We hear and say so many words,

yet yours is the word we need.

Speak now and help us listen;

and, if what we hear is silence,

let it quiet us,

let it disturb us,

let it touch our need,

let it break our pride,

let it shrink our certainties,

let it enlarge our wonder.

– “Help Me Listen,” Ted Loder

An Advent Prayer

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!’

Amen.