Original Posting At http://agentorangerecords.blogspot.com/2017/10/thoughtsandprayers.html
Show us, Lord, first of all, that you are indeed God. Remind us again that you are our creator, and our redeemer, the healer of all brokenness and the very hope of the world. Rekindle that fire within us, that we might be able to nurture its small light and cause it to shine right where we are. In all that we say and do, in our work and in our play and in our homes and in the marketplace, and wherever we are, help us to be a people who are constantly shining your light, trusting that you can cause that light to spread from State College to San Juan, from here to wherever it is that is shrouded in darkness. And then, Lord, open us to your possibilities. As we meet new people with real pain and real struggles, help us to see how you might be calling us to something more; something active. If we need to listen, help us to listen. If we need to work together, help us to build bridges that enable us to do so. If we need to get busy, show us the ways in which we can begin to make a difference. We long to live with an urgent focus on your great love, which has saved us and changed us, and which we believe will redeem every broken nook and cranny of this amazing and beautiful and broken world. So hear our prayer, O Lord, for our own pain, for the pain of our neighbors here in our own places; and for the pain of our neighbors around the world. Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy. Amen.