Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2015
Devote Dec. 14 to reflections on Paris, incarnation
Below is a prayer that will help give expression to your pain, fear and passion for those who suffer from the terrorist attacks in Paris this past Friday. You might include this prayer as you Fast and Pray on the first Friday of December. By then we will have begun our journey to welcome once again the coming of the Prince of Peace.
Grace, Justice and Peace,
A Prayer in Times of Great Distress Due to Natural Disaster or Humanly Devised Evil
God, our help and our hope in every time of life:
we bow before you in distress and confusion.
Devastation and death seem to rule your world today.
We know not where to turn, nor even how to pray.
Assure us that you know our thoughts before we think them,
that you accept
petitions that have no words,
prayers that are inarticulate anguish,
even anger in the face of events we do not understand.
Remind us of your presence with Jesus
in his hours of agony
in the face of abandonment by many whom he trusted,
in the pain of crucifixion,
and even death itself.
Enable us to know that you do not desert us
but in times of need stand even closer than before.
Comfort those who mourn.
Give hope to those who seem to have lost all hope.
With your healing power, touch any who are injured;
to all medical and rescue workers
give patient endurance, wisdom, and skill.
As you give us opportunity to serve those in need,
grant us also generous spirits
and the wise and efficient use of our abilities
in offering aid.
If today our words of praise are mute,
if today we find it easier to curse than to bless,
point us to the empty tomb,
which lies beyond the cross.
Remind us that it may be Friday now,
but in your Providence Sunday's coming,
and your love will see us through
For you, O God, are our hope and our strength,
an ever present help in time of trouble;
to you we pray through Jesus Christ
who triumphs over all things. Amen.
From This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer (How Is It With Your Soul?) by Laurence Hull Stookey; All rights reserved (c) 2004 Abington Press
December Prayer & Fasting: Incarnation
The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus , his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.
― Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline
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