Prayer: Open to the Needs of Others

Here’s a prayer of petition for others from Kim Winchell.


“Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” Psalm 82:3-4

Holy Lord,
make our eyes and our hearts more open to the needs of others,
especially the hungry, the hurting, and the poor.
Help us to see that in caring for the Earth,
we are also caring for one another.
And help us, O Lord, to live in ways that promote respect,
compassion, justice, and peace for all people,
and for all of your broken and yet beautiful creation. 
Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer.

~ written by Kim Winchell, in A ‘Tenebrae’ for Earth.  Posted on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America website.