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Daily Prayer

Aug. 5, 2022

A daily prayer from the New England Conference

Members of the New England Conference 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

Read Luke 12: 13 – 21   Close to Being Empty-Handed  

We are among the builders,             

we do silos and missile silos,             

we do tall towers and large granaries,             

we do pyramids and monuments and                         steeples and high-rises,             

we build because we are able,                         because it looks good,                         

because it feels good,                         

because we have so                                     

much stuff to store             

we need bigger, better barns.  

We make it tall and shiny and beautiful    

only to discover that moth and rust consume,    only to discover that shiny surface turns empty shell,    only to discover that storage is for goods                                     

that melt and sour.  

We end closer to empty-handed than we imagined.  

As we are able we turn from our cities to you,     we turn from our successes to you,                         we turn from our reason to you,                         

we turn from our power to you.

To you, to you, to you, to you,    

our help is in no other       

save in you alone.

You only, you enough, you in your generosity.   Whom have we in heaven but you?

There is nothing on earth    

that we desire other than you.   

Hear our trust and our thanks and our readiness to obey.    

Submitted by Rev. Rick McKinley, Dir. of Congregational Development. Written by Walter Brueggemann, “Prayers for a Privileged People,” Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2008, pp. 19-20

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