September 24, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Green Mountain District of the New England Conference 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.
Psalm 78 (adapted)
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our parents have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and God’s might, and the wonders that God has done.
Psalm 119: 105-112 NIV Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
Prayer: Adapted Prayer from Psalm 119 Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a Light on my Path.
We have promised you again and again that we will walk your path of light, listening for your Voice to help us know right from wrong. We have suffered so much Lord, over the past six months and we pray for your unending promise of protection and safety. We thank you for this, with open hearts yearning to be filled with the Light of your Word- your Laws- and not our own. We forget Lord and try to take our lives in our own hands, but we know that our lives our Yours, and we willingly hand them over to you, so that you will keep them on Your path of Light. You have sent us your son, to forever put the joy of Your love in our hearts, as we walk your Path.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees, to the very end, as I walk your Path.
The light of day is fading as we approach the winter months. By following God’s LIGHT, we move in the right direction even though we can’t always see the next steps. May we walk in the LIGHT to have right relationships with others. May we keep our promise to God to use His Spirit in Jesus- the headlamp he provides to us- to guide us in times of darkness. If we walk in the LIGHT, as God is in the LIGHT, we have fellowship with one another and with all of Creation in the way that God intends. May we stride forward with confidence knowing this and knowing that God’s LIGHT in us illuminates the path - to show us the way.
Rev. Karen Skalla, Provisional Deacon, White River Junction UMC; Green Mountain District