At a time when there is so much turmoil in our society and world we need to remember hope. As we learn from our faith in a God who works beyond the mystery and brokenness – there is always hope. Hope for a better day. Hope for a better world where the dignity of all individuals is honored and held with care. In our connection with others through the strands of God’s grace, we can share the warmth of God’s mercy and keep our eyes on the hope of a better world. The following is a powerful prayer written and shared by Rev. Shari Prestemon, our MN Conference Minister:
A PRAYER FOR GRACE & MERCY ON THIS TENDER DAY
All-knowing and ever-loving God, on this day in our nation when so much is at stake for so many, pour your abundant grace upon us:
*On those who step with shaky feet into a spotlight they never wanted, to speak of memories they wish they could forget;
*On those who will listen and question and determine, that they might seek truth with care and compassion and place people before politics;
*On a nation gripped by division, on a democracy vulnerable to decay;
*On all those for whom this moment brings trauma and old wounds ripped open and raw.
O God, have mercy upon each one. May your truth, your justice, your will be known, even and especially amid this turmoil of our own making.
In the name of the Christ who taught us a more excellent way. Amen.
(Written by Rev. Shari Prestemon, Minnesota Conference Minister UCC, 9/27/18)
With our hearts firmly planted in grace, together we can grow hope and work towards a world that reflects the dignity of God’s beautiful creation.