There are times when I realize I’ve complained too much and others seem to avoid me. It’s just that I feel so low at times, so exhausted, so unwell, and everything is a real effort, it all gets too much. Lord, please help me, help me to be patient in my trouble and sickness.
Dear Jesus, We can easily get caught up in our own self -interest but that leads nowhere. You call us to appreciate our relation to one another, to creation and to our loving God. We are not isolates but are bound together by your love. We are to be part of your family. Amen
Lord, I need new energy for life, to meet all its challenges again. I need your help, your strength, to overcome all the tiredness I feel. When I see others in full flight, see them glide through life with effortless ease and elation, I sometimes wonder why. I get so tired, and everything’s an effort, but only say the word, Lord, and I shall be healed. Lord, awaken my spirit with your healing touch so I can turn to you with joy. Amen
To all who suffer: May the Spirit of God Be close to you, Renew and uplift you, Strengthen and comfort you, Pour gifts on you to heal you, Enfold you in love to protect you, Lighten your burden of illness, Bestow peace in mind and body, Guide you in the way of Christ And so lead you into glory. Amen
Dear Jesus, At times I may not be attentive to Your presence. I need to take time out first to thank you for your goodness to me and then to recall those moments in my day when you were present though I may have not at first averted to it. Perhaps I may become more fully aware of my faults or of another’s kindness. Give me a seeing heart to appreciate all that you have done. Amen
Dear Jesus, At times I catch myself making quick unfair judgements about people and their activities. I fear this might be a sign of my own self-righteousness. At least being aware of this fault may help me be sympathetic to all weaknesses, my own included. Help me be more understanding and forgiving. Amen
Dear Lord, I come to you plainly. I don't bring perfect, polished prayers that have flowery language. Just me, plain and simple me. Thank You Lord, for bringing me near to You. Praise You Lord, for the miracles I see each day. Amen
O God you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, thank you for a new year. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another. As we begin a new year, help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.