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Pause for Prayer

‘Make us Christ-like, O God,

not merely people who name the name of Jesus.

Give us your Holy Spirit

so that we, too, may take up our cross,

bear within ourselves the cost of sin and

allow new relationships and a new world to be born –

By forgiving others, even as we ask them and you to forgive us.

Amen’

 

(Taken from URC Daily Devotions 7 August 2018)

 

Pause for Prayer

Audrey’s daughter, Judith, chose this North American Indian prayer to be read at her funeral.

 

Earth teach me quiet – as the grasses are still with new light.

Earth teach me suffering – as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility- as blossoms are humble with beginnings.

Earth teach me caring – as mothers nurture their young.

Earth teach me courage -as the tree that stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation – as the ant that crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom – as the eagle that soars in the sky.

Earth teach me acceptance – as the leaves that die each fall.

Earth teach me renewal – as the seed that rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself – as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness – as dry fields weep with rain.

Judith Gibbons