We thank you for the many ways
in which you respond to our needs,
assuring us of your love and presence
as we lead our ordinary lives.
Your story has been told
and changed and shaped
who we are today
as we seek to live out
what it means to follow You.
You feed our desire to know more about You,
as well as the hunger
that rumbles in our stomachs.
We thank You for the presence of others
who speak and demonstrate Your love
by enfolding us with Your care,
and by reaching out to others.
Today we remember those
who are seeking to understand their emptiness,
as they fill their lives
with all they could want
and yet to not have their needs met.
We think of the many ways
in which people are pulled to dream unrealistic dreams
that set them apart from others.
Help us to draw others to Your hillside,
where they might hear Your story
of sharing life with others
and discovering through the story of Jesus,
that You give more than we could ever need.
We remember those whose emptiness
is physical hunger.
the basic needs of bread and water
are more than met,
and yet we are more than aware
of others whose basic needs are still not met.
Help us to work towards a fairer world,
where people live aware of those on other continents.
May we remember that the much we have
affects the little of others.
Encourage us to share,
and to be satisfied with having enough.
We remember those who are afraid,
for there is much that can frighten us all
in the world we live in.
We think of those affected by war and uprising,
families torn apart by political unrest,
and people who find themselves without
a safe place to call home.
May the be assured of Your presence
in the action of those who seek to keep the peace.
We think of those whose physical and mental health
has drawn them away from other people.
May they be assured
that You are at work in the caring relationships
that offer healing of body, mind and soul.
We think of those whose days are different
as they miss a loved one
through their moving away
or through their death.
May they find Your presence
that You are with them,
calling them into Your embrace of love
with friendships that build strength and courage
for the future.
In the prayers we offer,
may we learn to trust the action of the Holy Spirit
responding to the needs of Your world.