For underground Syrian guides, Israeli paramedics and military ambulances who form a humanitarian chain to get Syrians in need of medical attention across the border into Israel, where they are cared for by the medical staff at Sieff Hospital in the Israeli city of Tzfat – despite the fact that Israel and Syria are enemies—we give thanks to you, O God. (Posted 11/24/2013)
In intercession we, the intercessors, need to know something of the circumstances to kindle our concern. God already knows it all, but it seems in the mystery of humanity where God has given us free will, he will not bypass this and treat us like robots. Our love and concern seem to open the way for God’s energy to flow into the world. Meister Eckert said: “Every act reveals God and expands God’s being.” We can think of intercession as expanding God’s being in every situation we open to Him. – Sr. Margaret Mary, SPB, in “Seeking God in the Silence”
So, God, source of all life and being, we bring our concerns for the world to You, that Your energy, light, and love may be unleashed to transform what is broken; to heal who and what are wounded; to make straight what is crooked and destructive; to build up and enliven what is good and true, that Your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord, in the stillness of our deepest hearts beyond all words, lighten the darkness…
- Of those still struggling to cope and recover from the 100 mph winds in the UK, leaving more than 40,000 homes without power as sub-arctic temperatures move in and threatening severe floods in coastal areas
- The continuing slow recovery from the devastation of Typhoon Haiphen in the Philippines
- Cyclone Lehar in the Indian and Far Eastern countries and all other natural disasters
- As the world mourns the loss of Statesman Nelson Mandela and all he meant to South Africa, the world, and the devastation of apartheid
- Of those facing unremitting violence and unrest in so many countries including Thailand, Afghanistan, Mexico, Peru, Syria, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Egypt, South Africa, the Central African Republic. These situations bring the words of Nelson Mandela to mind, “The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.”
- Of those mourning the dead and wounded in the police helicopter crash on a pub in Glasgow, Scotland
- And we give thanks for all those, who forgetting themselves, run toward these disasters to help others
God, ever merciful and full of forgiveness, compassion and faithful love, bless and encourage…
- All aid workers helping others in disaster zones and also in our local communities often caring for the marginalized and forgotten
- All those relatives, friends, and care-takers providing loving support for those seemingly lost in dementia, but not lost to You
- Every act of kindness, love and selflessness, that it may spread a web of love and peace in the world to counteract the malign selfishness and greed encouraged by so many interests at this time of year
At this time of waiting and preparation for Your coming, remind us again daily that your way is not the way of power and domination, but of self-giving love and sacrifice for all. Challenge our narrow and often sadly judgmental views.
Remind us that because You chose to forsake all to come as a helpless human – to live and learn and grow as we do – you enabled Easter to happen. Your death and resurrection opened the gateway to reconciliation with You. Give us the courage to say “Yes” to You as Mary did when Gabriel came and disrupted her life with the news of what You wanted of her. This life we live is a construction zone for each one of us and also for Your world. Transform us, by Your light and love, into the people and world You created us to be.
Creative and guiding spirit,
We bring this prayer with particular remembrance that, just as we shall always have the poor among us, so it is also our work to notice and to help.
We pray earnestly for the strength of vision and of mind to respond thoughtfully to needs throughout the world, such as:
–The need for better and cheaper cook stoves. Their wide use would not only save lives (the World Bank estimates 1 million annually) but would also help mitigate global warming.
–Global warming itself, with its threat to food security.
–Child pregnancy. An estimate says that 2 million girls younger than 15 in developing nations give birth each year.
–Legal and social support to identifiable groups, such as indigenous women in Latin America, who have not shared in the overall prosperity of their countries.
–We pray for challenging, meaningful work for young people throughout Europe and the United States.
It is altogether too easy for us to succumb to despair when we confront such problems. Bless us with the grace not to yield. Lack of hope can lead us altogether too quickly to lack of help.
Strengthen us to be mindful of the troubles of the world, the ones whose existence we pray may be more transitory:
–Where there is progress – as in the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, and headway in the discussions between the government of Columbia and the FARC rebels – grant us generous spirits.
–Where there are threats – like the possibility that violence in the Central African Republic may turn into genocide – we pray for the leaders of the world. May you favor them with good judgment and a determination to pursue right action.
–Where conditions of war – as in Syria – displace millions and put them in need of humanitarian outrage, we pray for relief and generous financial support.
The world is a needy place. We have named only a few of the issues that call out for help. Give us the courage we need to address these and other needs of the world in whatever way our circumstances allow.
Creator God, by your word and in your power, you have created us and our world. As we learn more of you, so we come to realize how powerful is your word.
In your company I’ll go
where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow
in you and you in me. (John L. Bell & Graham Maule)
We hear that more than 400 extra-Solar-system worlds have been discovered and a new mission to colonize Mars is launched. We marvel at the discoveries of science, yet fail to wonder at our discoveries of your revealed self. May your footsteps show.
We rejoice at the news that Syria chemical weapons facilities are reported ‘destroyed.’ We pray for those who continue to suffer the effects of their use. We pray for the chemists and producers involved in the manufacture, that their enterprise may be towards a more humane use for their creativity. May your footsteps show.
We mourn with those who have found the bodies of migrants in the Niger desert, apparently having died of thirst following a vehicle breakdown. We mourn with those who many never know what happened to their families and friends. We pray for those involved in trafficking, that they may cease their exploitation and find the vision to truly help those looking for a new life. May your footsteps show.
As the Ngok Dinka tribe chooses to join South Sudan in an unofficial referendum, we pray that their vision for a better way of life will be a source of strength for themselves and others in the trouble-torn area of Africa. May your footsteps show.
When we read that, according to a report for the UN, oil-rich Azerbaijan has one of the world’s worst records in sex-selective abortions, we pray for those forced to lose their children, family security and even their lives. We pray too for the doctors and nurses not able to save and having to destroy and kill. We pray for those who invented medical implements to enable potentially life-saving in-utero operations now seeing their means of health becoming a means of death. May your footsteps show.
We rejoice when we hear of the village of Dharhara in eastern India, where fathers plant fruit trees every time a daughter is born, for a secure financial future, by providing fruit to sell to pay for education, wood to sell to provide a dowry and seeds so that yet more trees may be planted for their grandchildren. We struggle, Lord, when we hear of the need for children of 12 and younger to work to provide their families food. We recognize the need for every capable person to work to provide, while recognizing the need for every child to receive an education to enable them to find their own place and purpose in your world. May your footsteps show.
We pray with those still dealing with the aftermath of the St. Jude’s storm across northern Europe, especially the ones who mourn the sudden, tragic death of those they know and love. On this anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we pray for the many organizations involved in America and Europe, that they may learn from one another about prediction and prevention of damage and on-going repair and recovery. May your footsteps show.
Remind us that we go in your company, creator God, living, moving and growing so that we can show your glory, power and majesty to your world.