November 7, 2019
Mid-Week Prayer: We complain about our team’s inconsistency or lack of big wins. We grumble when our cable is on the fritz or our internet is running slow. We fuss about the traffic on our way to work or the construction that slows us down. What does it mean to suffer, to know true affliction? Lord of Mercy, Lord of Compassion, awaken us to what is happening in the world just beyond our daily existence. Allow us to glimpse the struggles of those whose lives we cannot even begin to imagine. It is not a contest, a competition to see who is having a more difficult day. Yet too often we have allowed minor mishaps and solvable problems to consume us. Allow your Spirit to bring us to that place where we can see the possibilities of life, not only for our narrow understanding of community, but for the whole human family. This is the vision, the hope Jesus put before a group of self-serving leaders in the first century, and they killed him for it. This is the vision, the hope your Spirit is placing before us in this moment. Amen.
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