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August 10, 2021 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. Today's Prayer O Holy One, Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 130:2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! I come to you. O Lord with a heavy, sad and grieving heart. I grieve many losses; deaths, health, those who are marginalized, my brothers and sisters of color, the homeless and those suffering for so many other reasons. King David wept for his son, Absalom, as we weep for our loved ones. 130:3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 130:4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. Lord, I cry out “Why?” “Where are you in my grief and pain?” 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 130:6 my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. Gracious and Loving God, I feel your presence and your arms of care and compassion around me. I am not alone. You are with me. You strengthen me and I have hope that in time, your time, there will be healing and love in the land of all people. I will do my part, with your help, O Lord. Pick me up when I fall, and strengthen my faith in you, Holy One, when I doubt or am afraid. 130:7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. 130:8 It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. (Psalm 130, NRSV) “Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. And whoever believes in me will never be thirsty…” (John 6:35, NRSV) Yes, Lord Jesus, I believe! I have faith and hope in you. You will lead me in your ways and set my feet and heart and hands to serve others in your name. There will be healing and wholeness! I will praise you. I will give thanks to God. I will let the Holy Spirit empower my actions, thoughts and prayers. Amen and Amen. I am reminded of the hymn of healing, “There is a balm in Gilead” (UMH 375) Pastor Carol Ames, Moultonville and Center Conway United Methodist Churches, NH; Granite District

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