God, on whom we rely, hear this prayer for humility and perseverance.
You know that we are ever tempted to reject the better for the perfect. Help us embrace the possibilities unfolding in negotiations between the United States and Syria, in disputes in Ukraine, wherever progress, even modest progress, is being made. Free of implementation responsibilities we grow besotted with better ideas, or so we think. Give us humble hearts, we pray.
We pray as well for perseverance:
- For a capacity to keep returning in whatever ways we can to stubborn problems like global climate change; as we learn about large numbers of penguin chicks in Argentina dying from heat-related causes
- For major transitions in governance as in Egypt.
- For the quenching of the blood-thirst for revenge, with executions and threats of executions in the United States, in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, and many more.
Energize us for the long haul.
Bless us with humble spirits.