…this prayer is based on a similar prayer offered by Maya Angelou in her book “Celebrations”
Father Mother God, thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days. For then we you to lean upon.
For those whose names and needs we have lifted up in this place today, God we ask for your strength, your comfort, and your grace.
Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less.
Fill us, God, with a desire to share the bounty of our living – the generous abundance of all the gifts we have around us. The gift of material things as well as the gift of friendship and caring. May we share these in the spirit of deep gratitude.
And thank you for your presence during the Holy days, for then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends.
For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain, we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope.
Dear Creator, you, the borderless sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the world that which is needed most – Peace.
These and all the prayers of our hearts we offer in the name of and for the sake of the One who calls us to transform all that is into your vision of peace, justice and love – Jesus the Christ – who taught his friends to pray in this way…