Great justice-seeker of the universe,
You know that we live in a great and awful time. You have opened our minds to the secrets of nature, but record flooding in Venice, Italy, and raging fires from the United States to Australia, give us reason to pause about having the power of sub-atomic particles placed into our human hands. Through the marvels of medicine our corporeal bodies have extended in longevity, yet, Ebola continues to have tragic effects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other countries in the western part of Africa. As generations before us pled for your mercy, so we today entreat your goodness. We pray to hold our wealth lightly and to tread modestly as we inhabit the earth’s surface.
Give to our leaders a wisdom and love of creation and a zeal for peace amongst the citizens of your planet:
- with Jeanine Áñez as she takes office in Bolivia;
- with the United States House of Representatives as they continue impeachment hearings on President Trump;
- with those still engaged in political struggle and protests in Hong Kong;
- with those fighting for their beliefs in a recent ramp-up of violence in Israel and Gaza.
Replace our greed with a gracious sharing of our abundance. We pray for healers and those who preserve life and seek peaceful ways forward instead of resorting to violence and fighting and destructive practices. May our longer lives prove to bring a greater sense of our saving love and may we be a blessing with the many years we have added that many of our great-great-great-ancestors did not. As in Jesus you came to show your love for the world, so through Jesus we pray that the world you love may be preserved and made better and safer and braver for future generations. May it be so. Amen.