Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Advent Calendar Day 3: Three Prayers

A Prayer for World AIDS Day

God of wisdom,
who in creation ordered this world and brought forth life;
we praise you for medical advances that enable many to live with HIV,
and protect others from infection;
continue to bless those whose research brings life to others.

God of justice,
whose prophets proclaimed your concern for the poor;
remove the barriers of wealth and privilege that keep many from the treatment they need;
give strength to those who speak out for those without voice this day.

God of healing,
whose Son, Jesus Christ, touched the leper and made him whole;
bring comfort and healing to those who suffer with AIDS;
give us the courage to bring your touch to those in need.

We make this prayer in the name of the same Jesus Christ.  Amen.

A Prayer for those deciding on whether to take military action

O God of the nations,
give wisdom to all those who will decide the fate of others;
help them to learn from previous mistakes;
give them courage to act,
and courage to refrain from acting;
help them seek the truth in the midst of confusion;
and work through their decisions to bring peace to this world;
we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, 
who is wisdom, truth, light and peace.  Amen.

A Prayer for the Climate Summit in Paris

The heavens declare your glory, O God,
the seas display your power;
guide and strengthen all involved in the summit in Paris,
that they might have the courage to put aside self-interest;
the wisdom to tackle difficult and complicated problems;
and the strength to find a just way for the common good of all creation;
that the earth may be filled with your glory,
as the waters cover the sea;
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.  Amen. 

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