God grant that right here in America and all over this world, we will choose the high way; a way in which men will live together as brothers. A way in which the nations of the world will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. A way in which every man will respect the dignity and worth of all human personality. A way in which every nation will allow justice to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. A way in which men will do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. A way in which men will be able to stand up, and in the midst of oppression, in the midst of darkness and agony, they will be able to stand there and love their enemies, bless those persons that curse them, pray for those individuals that despitefully use them. And this is the way that will bring us once more into that society which we think of as the brotherhood of man. This will be that day when white people, colored people, whether they are brown or whether they are yellow or whether they are black, will join together and stretch out with their arms and be able to cry out: “Free at last! Free at last! Great God Almighty, we are free at last!”” from “”Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits (King Legacy)” by Martin Luther King Jr, Lewis V. Baldwin, Julius R. Scruggs
God our Father,
may no-one’s negative actions ever overpower my determination to choose to live in a positive way.
I know that to forgive someone
can be far from being an easy option, and I know that forgiveness isn’t somehow pretending that something wrong hasn’t happened.
Instead it is being generous, Father
– as your Son showed in his dying words – in being willing to release the other person from what natural justice demands should be ‘punishment’ for wrong-doing.
Isn’t this, Father, what is meant by “your mercy” and what we are to do in being called to “be merciful” ourselves?
For what I have done wrong, Father,
forgive me to the extent that I am generous and gracious in forgiving – or truly hoping to forgive – those who have done wrong to me.
Empower me to break the cycle of any hatred, resentment or bitterness, always resisting evil and conquering it with goodness.
Bring your healing and peace and wholeness into the lives of those I pray for, and into mine. Amen
“Be Still and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10 Sometimes we are forced to be still. Today, I stand before a weeping window of snowflakes. I pray “God Almighty, thank you for your constant loving care. Comfort all who are suffering and experiencing challenges during this storm. Relieve pain, distress, sorrow and fear. Reduce our vulnerabilities especially keep safe all who must travel, live and work in unsafe conditions. Have mercy, O God as we weather yet, another storm in life with you by our side. Praying in Jesus’ Name. Amen
I pray to God I will:
Pray for you as I would have you pray for me.
Help you as I would have you help me.
Forgive you as I would have you forgive me.
Love you as I would have you love me.
Thank you as I would have you thank me.
Thank God, love God, seek God’s forgiveness and help. Pray always in Christ’s Name. Amen.
Happy New Year!