A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity 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.
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah55:1-2) God of hospitality and provision, you offer us all that we need to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised. Yet we have not recognized your generous feast of grace, whether out of ignorance, willfulness, self-reliance, or a myriad of other reasons. And so, we fill our bodies with all manner of food, yet remain hungry. We drink of that which we hope will flood us with joy, yet our persistent thirst is not slaked. We spend our time and energy acquiring all the things we are sure will satisfy us, yet our deep longing remains, and our hearts remain restless. Remind us again that we need only to open our hands to receive your gifts of refreshment, nourishment, and renewal. Assure us that the life-giving Bread of Heaven and Living Water are ours for the asking. Invite us once more to allow ourselves to be revived and satisfied by your plentiful banquet of love and grace. We ask it all in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. By: Rev. Arlene Tully, pastor of Arnold Mills UMC, Cumberland, RI, Seacoast District.