We are indeed living in a society that is hungry for compassion, thirsty for peace.
We give thanks that your sustaining spirit surrounds us always and everywhere, no matter how ugly the world around us may be.
We are grateful for your daily reminders to us of your love that bind us together.
Keep us grounded to this love during days of sunlight and days of storms.
In this political season, we lift up our prayers:
We pray with gratefulness for our community servants who sacrifice much
and seek the common good;
We pray for our leaders and those who seek to lead,
that they would be driven by empathy and compassion;
We pray for those who are marginalized and
whose voices are often drowned out or silenced;
We pray for those who have survived sexual assault or abuse,
as we realize the rhetoric of this election has reopened many of their wounds.
We pray for all of us to work hard at opening our minds to hear the views of others drastically different than our own without shaming or blaming or name calling or judging;
We pray for our hearts to make room for hope and to drive out fear;
we pray for our words and thoughts to build others up and not tear them down;
O God, in this season of divisiveness and despair,
work through us so that we can live and demonstrate the gospel message that challenges us to love our neighbor as ourselves—to love all of our neighbors as ourselves--
our democrat neighbor, our republican neighbor, our independent neighbor,
our FOX news neighbor and our NPR neighbor,
our Muslim neighbor, our Jewish neighbor, our atheist neighbor, our evangelical neighbor,
our rich neighbor, our poor neighbor,
our gay neighbor, our transgender neighbor, our straight neighbor,
our Black neighbor, our Asian neighbor, our Hmong neighbor, our White neighbor,
our rude neighbor,
our homeless neighbor,
our youngest neighbor, our oldest neighbor.
May our love for all our neighbors influence our politics and our speech,
may it fill our streets and our homes,
may it guide our churches and our mission.