Prayer of Discomfort and Making a Difference
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, starvation and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them, and to
turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you
can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.
A Benedictine Prayer quoted by Andrew Kerr at the Wyoming Diocesan Convention
Come Holy Spirit, be present in our hearts.
Fill us with inspiration and guidance.
When we are faint of heart, give us courage.
When we are unsure, give us direction.
When we are weak, fill us with your strength
That we might fulfill your vision
rather than our own.
We pray for our church family
to be the voice of love and tolerance
to this community and our larger world.
from a prayer for St. John's Church, Jackson's Hole, WY
In darkness and in light, in trouble and in
Help us Heavenly Father to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
And to Praise your name;
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
from the New Zealand Prayer Book
Disturb us, Lord,
when we are too well pleased with ourselves;
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;
When we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly -
to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
"In the morning," Book of Common
Prayer, p. 461