WE DON’T ALWAYS think of praying for those locked in a dispute. When we hear that a brother is divorcing or two friends aren’t speaking, we may get caught up in taking sides. Instead we can lift them up to God, sending each one love and strength in the Spirit.
Such prayers might go something like this:
May the wisdom of the Spirit be with each of you.
May your hearts be open to the grace of healing.
O God, our refuge, protect and guide them.
God of love, show them the way to love.
Prayer addresses the helplessness we feel when relationships seem to be unraveling. Each time we hear more of the pain and impasse, we can take the matter to prayer once again.
– Kathleen Fischer
From page 67 of Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson. Excerpt is from “It Often Happens By Inches” by Kathleen Fischer. Copyright © 2008 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray today’s prayer for persons who you know are in conflict. Share your thoughts.
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
Job 1:1, NRSV
This Week: pray for persons struggling with addiction. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1).
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