Based on Matthew 25: 31-46
We offer you our gifts today, God, in faith and trust. In this season, as days shorten, as darkness in our world seems to strengthen, remind us to watch and wait in hope, for you have shown us again and again, that no darkness can prevail against the dawn, no loss is beyond redemption, and through your help, and no exile is eternal. We trust that the calculus of possibility we employ is not your own. We trust in your broader vision.
Yet we acknowledge that so much of this life is beyond our understanding, Wise God. Is there justice to pain? A purpose to be served by hurt,
When we face trials, if we are tempted to concern ourselves with our own needs and desires alone, help us to look beyond ourselves. Open our ears to the voices that speak their needs, and let us work to help them be met. Open our eyes to scenes of life we’d rather not see, and help us to make life livable for those who struggle with it daily. Open our hands and hearts, God, to give of our resources. You have gifted us with more than we need. Let us learn to distinguish our needs from our wants, and offer the surplus of our rich blessings to those whose needs are far from well met. Let us offer our wealth, our time, our caring concern, our love, our hope, a kind word of encouragement, a warm smile, a simple statement of faith. Help us appreciate that insignificant though our efforts at reaching lovingly to the world may appear to us, no effort given in love is ever lost or wasted. For when we have helped the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the lonely, the sick, then we have done as much to your Son, our Christ.
Let us be guided through all our difficulties by Him whose life we treasure, whose death we mourn, whose resurrection we celebrate. Keep us prayerful, for he has taught us to pray, saying, Our Father …