A prayer for the suffering of the world

As a company of God’s people and in the presence of God, let’s reflect together on the suffering of our world. Let’s pray.

O God our Creator who has formed us in love, cradled and parented and nurtured us in love, given us the immeasurable gift of life in all it’s diversity and laughter and richness, provided for our every need and brought us together this morning among our loving church family, we worship you.

O God, we know you love us:

Help us to love you more.

And conscious that, as you love us so you cherish all mankind, we remember before you now the suffering of our world.

  • We remember those who have been killed or maimed or who grieve through the violence of others;
  • We remember those whose homes and livelihoods have been ravaged by war, by floods, by drought and by earthquake;
  • We remember those who are desperately anxious about money because of rising interest rates, devaluation of their currency, debt and ill-paid work.
  • We remember those whose relationships have broken down causing heartache for wives, husbands, partners, parents and children;
  • We remember those who feel impotent, undervalued and misjudged because of their faith, their colour, their sexual orientation, their age, their lack of education or ability.

We bring them all into your loving care,

O God, we know you love us:

Help us to love you more.

But we are conscious too that, as a creative, all-loving but vulnerable spirit, you seek our help to ease the suffering of mankind. And so this morning, individually and collectively, we willingly offer you our service once more.

  • We offer you our intellect and understanding that we may be aware and well-informed of the needs of others through our reading, viewing and discussion;
  • We offer you our imaginations so that when we see the suffering of men we see our husbands and sons and brothers; when we see the despair of women we see our wives and daughters and sisters; when we see the misery of children we see our little ones; and when we see the sorrow of the old we see our aging parents.
  • We offer you our courage and passion to confront the triviality of much that passes for argument, the false analyses, the biased reasoning, the shoddy thinking, and the superficial assumptions.
  • We offer you our time to sit with those who need us, to answer emails, to make telephone calls, to provide coffee and scones, to do the shopping and to hold another’s hand.
  • We offer you our income to support those who work in a thousand desperate situations.
  • And we offer you our very selves: our eye contact with others, our smiles, our ready handshake, our laughter and our tears so that all mankind might know, through us, how much you love them.

O God, we know you love us:

Help us to love you more.

Amen