Here’s a prayer for the third Sunday after Epiphany inspired by the events in Jonah 3. It was written by Rev. Abi and posted on her Long and Winding Road blog. (It was written in the U.S.A. in 2009, so you’ll need to revise it to reflect current circumstances and your location.)
(inspired by Jonah 3)
Almighty Compassionate God,
You care for all your peoples, whether they are here around us or in far off places, you care enough to call people to bring the good news to them.
You care about our country during these tough economic times, and times of transition to a new president and his cabinet.
You care about countries like Gaza, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan who have deeper problems and needs than we do.
You care about those who are sick, in pain, in the hospital, home bound and in nursing homes, your compassion extends to them.
You care about those who carry heavy burdens, broken hearts, grieving, lonely and anxious, your compassion extends to them as well.
You care for the great number of people losing their jobs, losing their homes, losing their bank accounts as well as those who have had none of those for a long time.
You care for those of us who answered your call to preach your word, teach your word, Pastor your flock, and lead in songs of praise, your compassion extends to us as well.
Lord we thank you for your compassion, your care, your mercy and the good news of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
— written by Rev. Abi, and posted on her Long and Winding Road blog.
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