Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 1/29

Forgive us, Lord,
for letting snowfall rule our lives
even when it measures
not by inches but in feet... 

Forgive us, Lord,
for stocking up on comfort food
when all year 'round
so many perish, hungry...

Forgive us, Lord,
for griping 'bout the cold
when we have warmth to spare
and others, none at all...

Forgive us our obsessing
over troubles small and passing
when neighbors 'round the world
engage the struggle to survive...

Forgive us, Lord,
for worries over footballs
when greater crises everywhere
compete for our attention...

Forgive us our forgetting
names of places torn by war,
where danger and where terror
threaten life each night and day...

Remind us, Lord,
of those who truly suffer
pain and want unending,
those who cry to us in need...

Give us some perspective, Lord,
to see how blessed we are,
how much we have to give
and all we have to share...

Keep us from believing
that our troubles are much worse
than the trials of so many:
O Lord, how blest we are!

Make us grateful, Lord,
and let us never take for granted
what we have in good supply,
the bounty that is ours...

Make us generous, Lord,
freely giving 'til we feel it,
'til we feel the want ourselves
'til we know we've served you well...



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