The Thief's Prayer

Lord, remember me.
Remember me when you feel like blessing someone.
Remember me when you're handing out strength for the day,
rest for the night,
hope for tomorrow.
Remember me when I forget you are near.
Remember me when the crowd presses in on me.
Remember me when others find fault,
and demand what I cannot give.
Remember when I'm stricken with fear,
and peace eludes me,
and I forget that you are in control.
Remember me, too, when cloudy skies clear,
and all seems well with the world.
Remember me, Lord.
Remember me, in Jesus' name, amen.

Against Church Burnings

Lord, have mercy
on my brothers and sisters
at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
and others whose places of worship have been set afire.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy
on those who have watched their dreams and memories
go up in smoke
because of others' hatred and bigotry.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy on those who fight the fires
and clean up the sites.
Protect and preserve them
as they work.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy
on any who have been injured or sickened or frightened
by the fires.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Bring to justice those who have set the fires.
Restore and even multiply the vitality of the affected congregations.
And deliver us from evil.
Lord, have mercy.

Venus and Jupiter

Ah, Lord God,
you who made the Pleiades and Orion,
you who turns deep darkness into the morning,
you who darkens the day into night
and places the planets in orbits
and rides on clouds
and splits the sky with lightning,
your glory shines tonight
in Venus and Jupiter,
from 162 million miles away
and 365 million miles away,
all the way to my little piece
of this little corner
of this little world.
Wow.

(lines 2-4 drawn from Amos 5:8; photo by Nancie Carmichael)

Against Forgetfulness of My Need

Father,
I so easily forget my need of you.
I so easily and regularly
lapse into thinking
I can "live for a length of time
without fellowship with the Lord Himself"
(Murray, The Prayer Life, p. 138).
Please cleanse me of this hidden fault,
in Jesus' name, amen.

(photo by Peter Baxter, via photoxpress.com)

Isaiah 12 Prayer

God, you are my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.

You, Lord God Adonai, are my strength and my song;
you have become my salvation.

With joy I draw water
from the wells of salvation,
for you, God, are my salvation.

I drink from your fulness,
your freshness,
your sweetness,
your beauty,
your ever-replenishing depths.
Amen.

Ordinary Days

Thank you, God,
for ordinary days,
of simple moments
and familiar sights
and welcome routine,
which are rare enough
to make me remember
to be grateful.
Amen.


Question Is

Like a Gentle Rain

Almighty God,
my King,
let me feel
the warmth of your smile
on all I do today;
let your favor refresh my heart
like a gentle rain.
Amen.