April 26, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
O Eternal One, we have come to you from the ordinary hustle and bustle of life; to look inward, outward, and upward. We open our collective souls to your presence. Like those sojourners on the Emmaus Road, we frequently walk along the paths of life in despair and without hope. Speak to us through our silence. We are grateful for the freedom to commune with you in a manner which seems to best suit us.
As we look inward we seek greater purity of thought and intent; greater self-awareness and understanding; wisdom to know better how to use what we learn; strength to accomplish the greatest possible purpose for our lives; and a serenity which amplifies the wonder of life to us.
As we look outward we become increasingly amazed and concerned, realizing more fully, that we are co-creators in this experience that we call life. Remove our blindness so that our eyes might be opened to your resurrected presence. Help us recognize that others share some burdens which we also carry, and that some carry burdens about which we know little or nothing. Enable us to look outward, to find more effective means of reaching others with a sense of our concern, hope, and support for that which is consistent with the principles of love and compassion.
As we look upward we do so knowing that you are no more up, than out, or within. We do so symbolically, striving to make our lives more solid in whatever it is that you are about; and whatever it is that we can best be about in living our lives in harmony with you.
Through this time of prayer, give us a glimpse of additional resources which we can utilize in becoming more nearly that what you would have us to be. Fill us with your words: “Peace be still.” May the peace that comes with this kind of communion provide a rest for our soul, which will sharpen our vision and amplify our appreciation for all good; and all possibilities of a greater good. We pray for our world. where there is uncertainty and anxiousness bring inner quiet. We trust these moments of communion with you as a real resource of spiritual nourishment. May our personal growth bring your human family a bit closer to what a family ought to be.
We pray in the spirit of openness, confidence, and humility, which we believe characterized the Life of Jesus.
Our Father and Mother, who is in us here on earth, holy is your name in the hungry who share their bread and their song. Your Kingdom come, which is a generous land. Let us do your will, standing up when all are sitting down, and raising our voice when all are silent. You are giving us our daily bread in the song of the bird and the miracle of the corn. Forgive us for keeping silent in the face of injustice, and for not sharing bread and wine, love and the land, among us, now. Don’t let us fall into temptation of shutting the door through fear, of resigning ourselves to hunger and injustice, of taking up the same arms as the enemy. But deliver us from evil. Give us the perseverance and the solidarity to look for love, even if we fail; so we shall have known your Kingdom which is being built forever and ever. Amen
By Rev. David V. Calhoun, CT/Western MA District Superintendent
Acts 2:14a 36-41; Psalm 116: 1-4,12-19 (UMH); Luke 24: 13-35
UMH Hymnal Copyright 1989. The United Methodist Publishing House
The Lord’s Prayer (Liberation Theology version) source unknown