Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Are you feeling it these days? The tension and anxiety, the conflict and confrontation, the isolation and division... Despite the heightened sense of upheaval regarding the pandemic, politics, race relations, finances, family, etc. we have a way forward. We can turn to the Psalms, which name the pain and reach out a hand, trusting in God's faithfulness. "you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy."
Prayer can help us find our way. Find a quiet place. Close your eyes. Open your heart. And let all your fears, doubts, hopes, and worries pour forth. God will gather it all up. And as you sit in the stillness, God will speak to you in a way that you can understand.
Rethink Church, a program of The United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries, offers up this Prayer for Civility in a Divisive World. May this add to your conversation with God today.
A Prayer for Civility in a Divisive World
Everywhere we turn these days
we see and hear the reminders...
of a world divided on so many issues.
Social media is full of heated debates
and angry words.
God, help us remember
that we are made in Your image.
Guide our words
towards civility and
wisdom in discourse and discussion.
Teach us as people of faith,
to model love for our neighbors
in all conversations,
whether public or private.
You have called us to be salt and light
to our nation and to the world.
Empower us to be peacemakers
with our words.