Be Love (James 1:17-27)

Father God, you gave us your son.
Your son who showed love with his every action
and his every thought.
Help us to do the same.
Remind us that our thoughts shape our actions.
Our thoughts of judgment may keep us
from reaching out a helping hand.
Our thoughts of fear may keep us
isolated and alone.
Remind us to filter our thoughts
through the lens of love.

God of light and love,
fill us with the warmth of your presence.
Open our ears to your teachings,
open our hearts to your desires, and
open our eyes to truly see the people around us.
Mold us into the people you want us to become.
Help us to put your teachings
into action in this world.
Give us the strength and the wisdom to make our world,
your world here on Earth.

God of truth and wisdom,
remind us that faith and understanding
should be demonstrated in acts of doing.
Bless us in our work here on earth.
Forgive us when we struggle to love one another,
and be with us when we seek to make amends
to those we have hurt.
Open our eyes to the pain of those around us and
give us the strength to comfort and help one another.
We ask that you be with __ in the upcoming days and weeks
and we lift up our concerns to you.

Mother God, you have given us many gifts.
Each of us is deeply loved and uniquely cherished by you.
In addition to the gift of truth, you have given us the gift of laughter
and the gift of celebration.
You have given us the gift of relationships and
we know that we are stronger when we come together
as your children, as brothers and sisters in Christ.
As you find joy in each of us, help us to see that same joy in one another.
Remind us to enjoy the life you have given us.
Remind us to use our gifts to help one another
and to make this world a better place.
As we lifted up our concerns, we also lift up our joys
in praise and thanksgiving.

Father God, you gave us your son.
Your son who showed love with his every action
and his every thought.
Your son who gave us the words we use today,
“Our Father…”

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