celtic preayers

Prayers on a Theme of The World

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For those who bring hope
where there is none
love where there is hatred
peace where there is war
sustenance where there is hunger
water where there is drought
and comfort where there is sadness
bless them Lord Jesus
whether they be Christian, Muslim
no faith or any faith.
For all love has it's source in You
and every act of selfless giving
brings a smile to your face.

 

 


 

 

When I talk of neighbour
I mean the family next door
whom I might or might not get on with.
When you talk of neighbour
you extend our neighbourhood
to the whole world
to all kinds of people
the old, the young
the good and the bad
those from different social
or ethnic groups.
I see them on my TV screen and just know
that I could not get on with them
if they happened to move in next door.
But then, that is your challenge to us, isn't it?
To do as you did.
To extend the hand of love
Unconditionally
No strings or prejudice attached.
I can't do that Lord
it is not in my nature.
But I am convinced
that you can do it through me

 

 


 

From my comfortable armchair,
I put the world to rights
solve ancient disputes over territory
find sensible ways to bring peace and harmony
to a world desensitised to violence and hatred
settle moral and ethical dilemmas
over embryo research
bring an end to terrorism
by bringing all the parties together
to take part in a well tempered discussion.
From my comfortable armchair I control the world
through remote connection to my television screen
My condemnation of all that is wrong
and my solutions to the problems of this world
seem eminently sensible.
There must be many more like me, Lord
and yet this world is torn in pieces by division.
I am a part of that division, Lord
because my voice is only heard
within the walls of my living room.
You overturned the stalls
of the moneylenders in the temple,
shouted out your condemnation
your righteous anger.
I have my comfortable armchair.
You faced every challenge up-front
never turning away.
I have my remote control
and give myself the choice
of changing channels.
There's room for improvement in my life, Lord
before I engage with the world.

 


 

Lord of the lonely
Abandoned
Rejected
And alone
Enfold them in your love

Lord of the fearful
Bring release
Reassurance
And your peace
Enfold them in your love

Lord of the hurting
In their distress
Bring healing
And wholeness
Enfold them in your love

Lord of this world
And the next
Gather us all
Into your arms
Enfold us in your love

 


 

Circle us, Lord
Circle us with the light of your presence, bright within this dark world
Enable us to be overcomers of fear and temptation
Enable us to be victors over sin and despair
Enable us to become that which you would desire
(Silent prayer)
Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle us with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle our family within the shelter of your outstretched arms
Protect them in each moment of their daily lives
Protect them in the decisions that they face
Protect their homes and relationships
(Silent prayer)
Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle our families with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle this nation with Advent love and hope
Create a desire to listen to the Advent message
Create a willingness to understand and respond
Create a need to reach out to the Christ Child
(Silent prayer)
Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle our nation with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord
Circle this world with the joy of your Salvation
Where there is sickness and disease bring healing
Where there is hunger and despair bring hope
Where there is torture and oppression bring release
(Silent prayer)
Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation
Circle this world with the light of your presence