On Mondays I am posting prayers from the new book From the Psalms to the Cloud — Connecting to the Digital Age (Mankin and Tirabassi, Pilgrim Press, 2013, just last week available on Kindle).
There are many short intercessions in the book on contemporary concerns. Alan Parker of Vermont (US) prays after seeing a school bus, while Lynn Frith of Aotearoa (New Zealand) shares a prayer for workers in a food court, Lina Andronoviene of the Czech Republic one for someone whose relationship is falling apart and Sharon Benton of Colorado (US) writes a prayer from the heart of someone who loves a person who is considering suicide.
God, that child who just got off the bus; you know him, right? His backpack looks heavy. Is he walking into a safe and loving home? If so, thank you. If not, how can I help?
—Alan F. Parker
PRAYER FOR THE SERVICE WORKERS IN A FOOD COURT
Let us give thanks for those who clean up after our meals—
Who remove trays of dirty dishes,
Who wipe tables,
Who mop floors.
May tired shoulders and aching feet be rested and soothed.
May rosters be fair and just wages be paid.
May those who serve also know the blessing of being served.
A PRAYER FOR A PERSON WHO HAS EXPERIENCED THE DISINTEGRATION OF A RELATIONSHIP
Oh God of Love, How difficult it can be to absorb rejection.
How difficult it can be to accept failure.
How difficult it can be to acknowledge anger.
Envelop ———— in your love,
For in your love, bitterness and despair melt away,
And even broken webs are held
before the hope of your future.
FOR A PERSON WHO LOVES SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE
“Out of the deep
I cry to you”—yes! The deep,
God. He drags me under
in his depression.
So be—(I AM)— his lifeline.
All I know to do
is throw you
and hold on.