There has been a lot to pray for in the last few weeks and months. We continue as a church to pray for healing across our communities and in our hearts. The racism and violence that has become all too common is no less offensive. We can only speak a word of hope if we are willing to address our own participation and do the hard work of learning, or re-learning, what it means to be in community with all God's children.
There have been recent prayers for those caught in the grip of natural disaster. Here in NC folk are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. We all know how long the process of recovery really takes. Many of you have already given to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). For that, the Church is grateful.
We have been praying for our brothers and sisters in this congregation and in our sister congregations as so many people, far and wide, struggle with challenges too great for them to handle alone. We pray for the sick, the broken, the injured, the jobless, the hopeless, and more. The needs are great so our prayers must be more numerous.
But, what is prayer? Is it a word, is it an act, is it a posture,...What is prayer for us and to us? I believe that prayer is our time to work out our relationship with God's purpose for us. It is not a time to inform God but for God to inform us. So, we listen, we speak, we lift our hands and hearts. Prayer is the complementary existence of word and action in accord with God's Spirit. Through prayer, we are shaped by God's care.
Let us pray....