Sunday 28th October 2012 – Pentecost 22B (5)

Loving Lord,

With eyes of faith

we have looked upon our world

and discovered the beauty and passion

that lies in extraordinary people and places.

With praise

we look at the wonders of our world

that You have issued the invitation to view.

With thanks,

we realise how You have challenged

to live as those

who are following the way of Christ.

 

Son of David,

Open the eyes of the world

and turn us from the blindness

that obscures the suffering of the world.

Give us a clear vision of injustice and oppression,

and challenge us to lift or share the weight

of those who carry the burden.

Give us a clear vision of those who are hungry and homeless,

and stir us to action

as we offer food and shelter.

Give us a clear vision of violence and torture

and shatter the screens of credibility

that allow those who cause harm to hide

and those who are hurt to be ignored.

 

Son of David,

Open the eyes of the world

and turn us from our blindness

that ignores the needs of our neighbours.

Where there is loneliness or anxiety;

illness or depression;

bereavement or loss,

may Your Holy Spirit offer the compassion and assurance

that leads people to be restored

to the communities from which they have withdrawn.

May the hurts that keep people from each other

be tended

with the tender reminders of being precious to God and others,

in the calling of a name.

 

Son of David,

Open the eyes of the world

and turn us form our blindness

that keeps us from visions of Your promises

to Your people.

As those who love Your church,

Your creation,

and Your story,

may we be willing to view

all that lies around us

through the faith and hopes of others.

Enable us to discover

that we are not the only holders of Your truth and story,

but instead

that You ask us to listen for You

in the words of Your Good News

spoken by others,

and to view You in the activity of the Holy Spirit

in the actions of others.

Where we are uncertain,

give us courage to step out in faith

and discover the beauty of Your love

in something new and unexpected.

 

Son of David,

Open the eyes of the world

and turn us from our blindness

that in faith

we may be restored to You,

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

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