The Sense of Loyalty (2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14)

As we look around at the people in our lives,
we realize that we are connected and intertwined
with one another.
Some of those in our lives are our teachers;
others our students.
Some of those in our lives are our cheerleaders;
others our detractors.
Some of those in our lives inspire us;
others are examples of how not to live our lives.

Help us to see those connections to others more clearly.
Help us to see how we impact those around us.
Help us to see the needs of those around us.

As we look at our lives and understand where we
spend our time, our money and our worry,
we can see where our loyalties truly lie.
Our lives intersect with many others.
Help us to see where our actions don’t meet our words.
If we say that family is important to us,
are we spending enough time with them?
If we say that the environment is important to us,
are we acting in ways as individual stewards of God’s earth?
If we say that we are all God’s children,
are we working to create unity and fairness or
do we allow divisiveness to create barriers between us?

Help us to see our connections to others more clearly.
Help us to see how we impact those around us.
Help us to see the needs of those around us.

As we look around at the people in our lives,
we see the teachers in our lives.
You sent us your son, who taught us
your ways and your teachings.
Before Jesus, we heard your word
through the prophets.

Help us to see our connections to others more clearly.
Help us to live out your teachings in ways that improve
our lives and the lives of others.
As your children, we know that you are with us always.
We ask that you be with those among us today
who need your presence the most.
We name ___.
Help us to be the people of God and to support those
among us in need.
Help us to be loyal to the right things.
Help us to stay true to your teachings and to
live them out in our daily lives.

As your students, we live up the words our Teacher gave us,
“Our Father…”

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