Feb 15, 2015

Lenten Intercessions: Faced with Desolation

Here’s a prayer of intercession at the start of Lent.  It was written by Roddy Hamilton.

Prayer for Others

We step into Lent, O God
and we are faced with real desolation

Hear us as we pray
at this time
prayers that groan in our souls
that know God doesn’t mean someone who steps in
and sorts it all out
like some tooth fairy
but that you stand in the desolation
and weep
at loss and suffering
and all that brings it

and so we pray for the people of the world
not knowing what else we can do
but live in relationship
with silence
that we may we feel our humanity with each other
for the sake of that humanity

and in places of conflict
and the continual suffering there
governing our humanity
and the shock of what we become
and who we do deals with
in the name of economy and trade

God
may we hold your silence
that speaks into this week
may we recognise who we have become
in the conflicts of this week
may we perceive ourselves as we really are
compared to creation’s power

And bring those people
who hold us in that life
in relationships with each other
our family and friends
those ill and those recovering
those worried and those anxious

Hear us
O God
as we pray
that we return to right relationships
with the world and with each other
So be it
Amen

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.  http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/