November 19, 2008

Listening to the evening news is oftentimes sobering, and the past few weeks have proven to be especially so. We have all been through dark times before, both individually and in community, but while we're in the midst of shadows, it can seem like we might never see daylight again. The truth is, God is in the darkness too. God smiles when we laugh in delight, and holds our hand in times of tears.

explorefaith's Prayers for Living were created to help guide you through the gamut of life's highs and lows. This week, we offer selected prayers of praise, petition and gratitude with hope that you may know the peace of Christ today, tomorrow and always.

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  • Share the Good News
  • Give Thanks
  • Questions of Faith and Doubt

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    Questions of Faith and Doubt

    How can the God of judgment and punishment, as often portrayed in the Old Testament, be reconciled with the concept of a God of love?

    Think of scripture as a progressive conversation among seekers after God through centuries and across cultures. Then all the differing points of view can be appreciated, and all the various views of God can be tested against each other and against our experience in a new place and time.

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    …one of the blessings of scripture is that it gives us what we might refer to as the "good, the bad, and the ugly." It does not flinch from the truth.

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    Prayers for Living

    for Expressing Joy
    I want everyone to experience the wonder of life that I feel right now. Let my joy shine forth so that those cloaked by sadness may find their sorrow lifted, if only for a moment.

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    for Those who are Suffering
    Even though I do not understand the reasons for suffering, I believe that you are a God of love, a God of compassion. I pray that you will be with all those this day that are in pain, who suffer silently and alone, who feel abandoned and left by the side of life's road.

    Wrap your arms of grace around them, until they know they are safely held in your embrace.

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    for Our Future
    Move us from self-interest to compassion, from the need to be right to the place of doing right. Let the love that is at the foundation of creation spread out like roots, bringing life, healing and wholeness to places cracked and broken. I ask this for the sake of your love.

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    for the Blessing of Friends
    Gracious God, I ask your blessing on all my friends who have given of their own heart and soul to deepen and strengthen my own. I pray especially for those who have walked alongside me when I have not been a faithful friend myself.

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