October 24, 2019
Scripture: Isaiah 43:19
Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.
A Thursday Prayer: If a city can come around a sports team… if people who might usually be at odds with one another are able to find friendship because of a game… if what usually rips us apart is forgotten even for an evening as voices come together in a common chant, then why can we not live respectfully in our common connection as human beings? We ask this question of you, Lord, yet the answer is one already given to us. It is fear – fear of the unknown; fear brought on by insecurity; fear of the future; fear of people learning the truth; fear of change; fear that is rooted in nothing, yet it continues to keep us awake at night. Help us, God of All Creation, to trust in the power of your love – a love that casts out all fear. Let us find courage in this love – a courage to reach out and discover our fears may not always be justified. Let us find hope through this love – a hope that envisions your great community of shalom. If we believe in the power of the Jesus-life, then it is time for us to entrust ourselves to this way of living. Assist us in every moment of every day to believe there is an alternative to fear. When the world tries to tell us that we need to be afraid, allow for us to see the new thing you are doing in the world. Allow us to see it and to participate in it. For the sake of humanity, we make these requests of you, Amazing God whose love made real in Jesus provides an alternative to all the irrational fears that seek to control our lives. Amen.
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