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Jan. 17, 2021
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Today’s prayer
“Commitment"
I am one of the many good people who grieve inwardly at injustice. I thought speaking out could do nothing but alienate me from those close by and from any opportunity I might have for changing the world.  It seems, though, that my silence has but lowered my dignity and punished my self-esteem. Perhaps my time has come, and I must say things I hold within my heart. I do not want to be estranged from those I love, nor do I choose aggressiveness as my lifestyle. Yet I must talk for those whose voices are choked with fear. This soothing quiet where I have retreated must be broken. A deep-felt summons bids me speak my personhood. So friends, bear with me as I voice my soul. I love you, even when we use a different language. But if you cannot bear me, you can remember that I spoke the things I felt. Slowly, perhaps, we may go hand in hand again someday, daring a quest we hardly dream of now. At last, the different drummers we may hear will beat a rhythm so we can march together!  — Hazel Ailor
Speak to us O God, awaken us from our disquiet, and make us aware of your powerful and challenging presence. We lift our hearts to you as the source of our creation and our help in every time of need.
Speak to us O God, awaken us from slumbering spirits, and call us by name. For you alone give us life, and provide all the resources with which our lives can be meaningfully sustained.  We stand in special need of an extra measure of wisdom, grace and love. Help us to see your love for all people, so that we may become more loving ourselves. We perceive ourselves to be your human children, all sisters and brothers in one great family, regardless of the distinctions which create such wonderful variety among us.
Speak to us O God, and forgive us for permitting the differences that make us unique, to become stumbling blocks of division. Forgive us for not always using our countenance responsibly. Show us the way to justice. Show us the way to mutual respect and trust. Show us the way to a perception of one another that transcends gender, race, or nationality. Nurture us to a maturity that wants for others, every healthy experience that we desire for ourselves.
As we enter into this New Year, nurture us in growth toward a more perfect expression of love to all people, in all places, at all times. Through penitent spirits for our own provincialism, enable us to find ways to demonstrate the way of love through the expression of our own life. Strengthen us as we walk in the paths of integrity.
It is in the Spirit of the one who showed us the great value and power in love that this prayer is offered.
Amen.
By Rev. Dr. David V. Calhoun, Seacoast District Superintendent
I Samuel 3:
1-10 (11-20)
 
 
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