Prayed with First Presbyterian Church PC(USA); Starkville, MS, June 2017.

O God, although your mystery is sometimes bigger than our understanding, we remember that You are faithful.

Lord, when we feel like we have been uprooted, be with us as we wander. When we have been forced out of the familiar, help us, like Hagar, to hear your voice calling to us in the wilderness. When we are thirsty for more than this world has to offer, lead us to your well that never runs dry.

Even as we worry about whether we have enough, let us not forget those who have even less. To those without homes, grant protection from harsh weather and harsher humans. To those without food, grant the generosity of others but also access and means to sustainable life. To those without good health, grant healing comfort, wise healthcare providers, and strong caregivers.

In a time when our communities are divided by our failure to recognize shared humanity, may we live with integrity and openness to those who experience life — and You — in different ways than we do. Let us likewise live with intention to be stewards of our planet, being bold in our commitment to nurturing the creation that so constantly nurtures us.

As we lift up these prayers we’ve said out loud and those that we hold in our hearts, let us pray together as we say the words that Jesus taught us: 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.