Prayer by Curtis Beaird
Photography by Norma Beaird
Father, we come before You, this Your day, with thanksgiving and praise. We bow before You with joy and gladness, that we might look away from the tangled and sad mess that is our world, and find Your holy face and celebrate your grace in Jesus Christ.
We come not to escape the world,
but to confess our need for Your everlasting truth and Your never-ending mercy.
Father, our vision fails. We are overcome with confusion, fear and anger. We have lost our way. We live among a people who have lost their way.
We pray, oh Lord, that time has not ended, that Your created order is not too broken to mend. We seek Your healing, Oh Lord.
We turn away today from the half-truths, manipulations, political charade and unseemly power plays to confess our over-reliance on men and women who can’t find their way in the dark.
We ask, Oh Lord, that You allow us to hear again, Jesus’ words from the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Father, Your world stumbles, relying on itself, guessing at the future, while posing as powerful.
Father, we look to You, not to avoid the world; but, that in these last days, You will pour out Your spirit upon us afresh.
We look to You in hopes that we may silence the self long enough, that Your Holy Spirit might move us away from our self-seeking and selfish ways.
That we might find the courage to bring Your light to the dark world,
that we might find the heart to share Your truth in a world, lost in the same tired ways of greed and fear that has alway been.
We pray, oh Lord, that You will open our eyes that we might see; and, in seeing, celebrate the joy and gladness that comes from trust in You.
Father, this day, Your day, we praise Your Holy Name with grateful hearts.
And now, Oh Lord, because of Your love and grace, we turn strong to meet another day in our broken world, glad that we are Your people who are privileged to serve Your Holy Name.
For we know Father, that You are good, that Your mercy is everlasting; and, Your truth endures to all generations.
Amen and Amen
Grace and peace
Copyright 2020, Curtis and Norma Beaird. All rights reserved.