For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. —Psalm 62:5-7
God listening to our prayers of quiet confidence, God hearing our cries of desperation:
Reading the psalms shows us how we can pray as whole people, expressing the entire range of emotions that make us human. Help us today to be honest about all that is on our hearts, so that we may bare our souls to you and be reassured, as were the writers of the psalms, that our hope is from you. Amen.
Where you find no love, put love, and you will find love. —John of the Cross
God of the hope-full, God of the hope-less:
There is so much negative news filling our television screens, newspapers, and social media feeds that it can be hard to find hope. But as followers of Jesus, we are called to share the gospel, literally the good news: love is greater than death. Open our eyes to the situations where we can share love and hope with people who need some good news today. Amen.
All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. —Julian of Norwich
God of our current reality, God of our wildest dreams:
When Julian of Norwich experienced her visions, she held the world in the palm of her hand and received assurance that you made all, you love all, and you preserve all. Give us confidence in this vision of hope for all of creation, trusting that all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well. Amen.
All over this magnificent world God calls us to extend His kingdom of shalom-peace and wholeness — of justice, of goodness, of compassion, of caring, of sharing, of laughter, of joy, of reconciliation. God is transfiguring the world right this very moment through us because God believes in us and because God loves us. —Desmond Tutu
God in the change we see in the world, God in the change we hope to see:
Although we may not always like change, at times it can’t happen quickly enough to suit us. As Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Give us the faith and hope to trust in your love for us and the diligence and courage to participate in bringing about your vision for the world. Amen.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word. —2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
God of our peace and healing, God of our courage and compassion, God our source of hope:
As we bring these twenty-five days of prayer to a close, we offer thanks for all who have prayed with us and for us. Bless us as we continue to pray, guided by your spirit and strengthened through your love, offering our good work and words to the world. Amen.