Category Archives: Prayer

A whimsical prayer after a long walk

Gracious God, I thank you.

I thank you that I was able to take

a long walk today, pushing Lucy in her stroller.

I thank you that we could walk in safety.

I thank you for all the many times Lucy

turned around to look at me

and say “Hiiiii” in a loud voice.

I pray that every grandchild and grandparent

might have the opportunity to take such walks

or engage in other activities freely and safely.

May that day soon come.

Oh, and God, I could use a hand

with some aching muscles.

You know which ones they are.

Amen.

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13 January 2023

Korean American Day.
Drawing the Line – Royal Pirates
Butterfly – Jessica & KRYSTAL
Rose – Annalé
Gotta Work – Amerie
Honestly – Eric Nam
Human Nature – Tiger JK
Good Bye Sadness, Hello Happiness – YOON MI RAE
Every Last Drop – Dumbfoundead
Goodbye – Sam Ock
Come Over – MRSHLL
In the Water – River Run North
All Along the Watchtower – Luna
Take it One Day at a Time – Jennifer Chung
Slow – Kahi
Never Not – Jennifer Lee
Dream – Priscilla Ahn
Brave New World – Sera

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A prayer in the face of disappointment

When disappointment comes, God,

and disappointment will,

may we find

strength to grieve,

patience to sit with the moment,

imagination to seek alternatives,

and courage, hope, faith, and love

to give them a try.

We pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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A prayer while packing food

Thank you, God,

for all my colleagues who

generously gave to support the local pantry.

Watch over all who receive this food,

help them know your presence.

Guide us Gpd to work to create a system

in which your abundance is shared

so that all your precious children

have enough.

We pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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A prayer for patience and grace

God of infinite patience,

God of unquenchable grace,

help my impatience,

touch my ungraciousness,

When I become frustrated with,

or angered by,

or annoyed at,

another person,

remind me that person

is your beloved child,

made in your image.

Strengthen my patience;

renew my grace,

that I might find ways,

beyond what I perceive as my capacities,

to act in kindness and

to demonstrate love

that we might walk together humbly with you

and work for justice.

I pray in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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A prayer for the first Sunday of Advent

Slow us down, God,

that in this season,

we might wait

we might watch

we might prepare

to celebrate the birth of Jesus

to experience Jesus coming into your world and our lives each day

to live following Jesus more closely.

In his name we pray.

Amen.

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A prayer from a place of anger

God, I am angry[1] today.
I have been angry before.
I fear I will be angry again.

God, I am an angry
because of the shooting
at Club Q in Colorado Springs.

God, I am angry
on behalf of your beloved children
who were killed.

God, I am angry
on behalf family and friends
who grieve the death of individuals they loved.

God, I am angry
on behalf of your beloved children
who were wounded in body, mind, and spirit.

God, I am angry
at the hate that some people carry
and the violence it can inspire.

God, I am angry
at how your LGBTQIA+ children, made in your image,
are marginalized, harassed, discriminated against and targeted.

God, I am angry
to hear that Club Q was one of the few safe spaces for your LGBTQIA+ children.
Where the [colorful metaphor deleted] were the followers of Jesus?

God, I stand in awe and give thanks for
the patrons of Club Q
who stopped the shooter.

God, I am grateful
for first responders
who provided care to individuals in need.

God, I ask guidance and strength
for medical personnel
who will co-operate with you to bring about healing.

God, I recommit
to work to overcome hate
and to seek to address gun violence.

God, I will act,
but for today,
I am angry.

Amen.


[1] Substitute your favorite “colorful metaphor” each time “angry’ is used – or whenever you choose to express your anger more bluntly.

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A prayer for how I err

Help me remember, God:

you are not a doctrine,

you are not a denomination,

you are not anger,

you are not hate,

you are not violation and violence,

you are love.

As I live, God, I

I know I will fall short.

I will err.

Guide me so that when I err, I do so

on the side of welcome,

on the side of inclusion,

on the side of justice and mercy,

on the side of equity,

on the side of grace

on the side of love.

I pray in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

adapted from an educational slide created by Laura Zhang Choi

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An inadequate prayer in the face of tragedy in the Itaewon area of Seoul

God –

our minds stagger,

our hearts hurt,

our spirits sink

as we hear the news

of tragedy unimaginable

in the Itaewon area of Seoul.

Understanding falters,

words prove inadequate

and still we turn to you in prayer.

Comfort your children who grieve

for loved ones who died.

Work healing in your children

who are injured.

Support first responders,

medical personnel, and all who

provide care.

Guide the people of Itaewon,

of the Republic of Korea,

of the world,

as our spirits rage in anger,

and our minds flounder to process

to find appropriate responses.

Even in this time of profound grief,

perhaps especially in this time of profound grief,

help everyone – all your children – wherever we might be,

help us to love.

Amen.

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A prayer for the children of Iran

We pray, God,

for the children of Iran

who demonstrate incredible courage

by joining protests against the government.

Watch over children who take a stand.

Protect children taken into custody.

Work healing in children who are injured.

Comfort family and friends

who grieve for children who have been killed.

Speed the day when justice which leads to peace

prevails in Iran—for the children and all the people.

We pray in the name of Jesus who welcomed children. Amen

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