God Loves Us (Mark 12:28-34)

We believe that you love us, Creator God.
Help us to really and truly understand that love.
Fill us, from head to toe,
with the overwhelming and awe-inspiring knowledge
of that love.
Open our hearts to the truth of that love.
Tear down the barriers we place between ourselves and you.
As a tidal wave washes everything away in its path,
let us see the waves of your love crash
against the walls we have built with fear,
against the gates we have locked with self-doubt, and
against the obstacles we have created with pain.

Let us see that we are enough.
We are good enough.
We are your children.

Believing does not always mean knowing and understanding.
If we truly knew and understood your love,
how would our lives change?

If we truly knew and understood your love,
 would we have less fear in our life?

If we truly knew and understood your love,
would we treat each other differently?

If we truly knew and understood your love,
would we prioritize our time in different ways?

If we truly knew and understood your love,
would we chase different dreams

You love us completely and unconditionally.
You formed us in your image and yet, as humans, we are flawed.
But you love us anyway.
You love us and we should be dancing in the streets with that news.
But we confess sometimes we barely move,
even here in the pews with our fellow believers.
Fill us, from head to toe,
with the overwhelming and awe-inspiring knowledge of your love.
Open our eyes to ways that we can share that love with others.
Show us how to trigger the excitement of your news within ourselves,
and then with others.
Use us as your hands in this world and
give us the strength to make this world, your world.
As we support one another, we ask that you especially be with __ at this time.

We believe that you love us, Creator God.
We ask that you help us to really and truly understand that love.
As a symbol of your love, you sent to us your Son.
He taught us the words we use today,
“Our Father…”

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