Based on Luke 16:19-31, the Parable of Lazarus and Dives
Humbled and grateful, we offer you our gifts today, God. We recognize our blessedness among people of the world: having food enough to eat, having the love and companionship of family and friends, having peace enough to work and plan and pray, having the comfort of one another’s presence here in worship, having the hope of our faith in you. We ask that we remain always mindful of these treasures, for these great gifts give our lives their context and their character.
We thank you for parables that call us to account for ourselves and thereby call forth the best from us, readying us to refine our lives’ character. Forgive our casual acceptance of others’ pains and struggles and hardships. Forgive our willingness to enable chasms of disinterest to separate us from them. Instill in us a zeal for healing all breaches between ourselves and those we might help. Make us capable, at last, of successfully distinguishing what “is” from what “ought to be,” becoming your tireless workers for better possibilities.
And heal us, we pray of pride that prevents our
We pray with certainty in your goodness and your forgiving spirit, for we pray as Jesus’ followers. We trust that his confidence in you is not misplaced. We trust that his willingness to die for love of us is a statement of the heights and depths and breadth of divine love – a love that will not let us go: a love that seeks us when we have set ourselves apart, a love that wants our righteousness but accepts our brokenness, a love that draws us ever so gently, persuasively, and firmly toward healing friendship with you, God.
We pray this day in the name of the one who has opened eyes and hearts to your goodness and grace across the ages. Hear us now, as with one voice we pray in his words … Lord’s Prayer…