This week, two prayers popped in my mind from many years ago before I went on a great journey. I hope one, or perhaps both, prove useful for where you are at in life today. The first is from the ELW and can be used as a sending rite in many of life’s great transitions. The second is attributed to a Jack Riemer and speaks of God’s role for us in the restoration of the world alongside Christ. I hope you find them beneficial.

 

 

O God,

you have called your servants

to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,

by paths as yet untrodden,

through perils unknown.

Give us faith to go out with good courage,

not knowing where we go,

but only that your hand is leading us

and your love supporting us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

We cannot merely pray to you, O God, to end war, for we know that you have made the world in a way that man must find his own path to peace, within himself and with his neighbor.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation, for you have already given us the resources with which to feed the entire world, if we would only use them wisely.

We cannot merely pray to you, O God, to root out prejudice, for You have already given us eyes with which to see the good in all people, if we would only use them rightly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end despair, for you have already given us the power to clear away slums and to give hope, if we would only use our power justly.

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end disease; for you have already given us great minds with which to search out cures and healing, if we would only use them constructively.

Therefore we pray to you instead, O God, for strength, determination and will power; to do as well as to pray, to become instead of just to wish. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.