I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NRSV)
Rescuing and Redeeming God, we lift our eyes up to you.
We lift our eyes out of the chaos of our lives seeking to see where your Spirit is moving in the world. Searching for her, longing for her to sweep through and transform chaos to beauty as she did at creation.
And yet there are times where we see only more chaos, more heartache, more brokenness.
- In the United States, where flooding and fires damage property and take lives, and where political wrangling separates families inside and outside detention centers – send your wisdom.
- In Europe where many are dealing with record-high temperatures and the potential for fire and heat-related illnesses – bring comfort and safety.\
- In Malaysia where over 5,000 turtles were rescued from being illegally sold in the pet trade, and countries around the globe where wildlife is endangered for human greed – guide us to care for our planet.
In all crises, personal or global,
In all conflicts, large or small,
In all of our life circumstances…
We lift our eyes up to you, O God.
We trust in you and the source of our help and our hope.
We pray, and we work, for your loving presence
in our hearts,
in our homes,
in our communities,
in our countries,
in our world.
Fill us with your spirit and presence, we pray.