October 3, 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.
Dear Lord, from whom all good things come, we often wonder why so many bad things happen in this world and in our own lives. Why must people suffer? Why must there be so much pain? Many ask why do bad things happen to good people? Perhaps we suppose that a blameless and upright person who fears God and turns away from evil would reap a life filled with blessings and joy, yet we know that suffering and pain falls upon both the just and the unjust; upon both believers and unbelievers. Let us remember that even your Son who was without sin endured suffering and pain. Jesus Christ died upon the cross for our salvation, and was raised on the third day, freeing us from the bonds of sin and death. For it is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we are given hope in salvation by grace through faith, and the promise of life eternal with you. Heavenly Father, your steadfast love is before our eyes. It was poured out upon humanity when you sent your only Son Jesus Christ to be the light of the world, revealing your way of life in holy love. May we always walk in faithfulness to you. May we turn our hearts as a nation back to you and repent. May we look to the wisdom found in Scripture, and model our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Let us sing aloud songs of thanksgiving and praise, remembering all your wondrous deeds, even in difficult times. For you lead us to walk in integrity, as you redeem us O Gracious and Glorious One. May we be strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. And by your grace, mercy and love may we find comfort in this time when healing is needed. Amen. Sharon Sargent, Pastor Richmond Community United Methodist Church; Granite District; Student United Theological Seminary