August 10, 2019
Prayer for the Fears: As we ache for those whose lives have been forever changed in recent weeks, we must also name our own fears brought on by the ongoing violence in our country. Holy One of All Creation, we know people who could so easily be caught in a similar act of hate. We know those who could easily become the target of bigoted violence simply because of how they look or who they are. We fear because we love these people as you love them. Too many nights are without sleep as parents wait and wonder about their children who work late or are simply out with friends. Sadly, these fears are nothing new for some communities. You, Righteous God, have witnessed the brutality within the human race, the cruelty that emerged from insecurity run amuck. Yet you continue to believe in us and to see the potential for beauty and a reemergence of your kingdom vision. We cannot ignore our fears, Merciful God, yet we can become those whose decisions and interactions are not driven by fear. Make us aware of your Spirit that already dwells within us, a Spirit that is not of fear, but of love and power. It is this Spirit that shall be for us the guiding force by which we shall see your kingdom emerge. This we pray in the name of Christ the Redeemer. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge