Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A prayer for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

A prayer for the
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Matthew 15:21-28)


Healer, we approach You knowing that our lives are not what they should be...
that our words and our deeds do not measure up to our desires and potential, nor
to what you want for us.

We have motives that are unclean that cause us to do dishonorable things. We
know this and we are ashamed.

And yet, Lord, you bestow Your blessings, even life, on us for evermore.

Daily, we walk among us who are begging for the crumbs that fall from our
tables.

Daily, we look through and past those whose lives are mired in addiction, gross
poverty, life-altering afflictions and other difficult life situations because
it is painful to stare their problems down. We want to stuff our crumbs in an
envelope, put a stamp on it and mail them to a place where we do not have to
see.

And yet, Lord, You bestow your blessings, even life, on us for evermore.

Daily, we confuse our crumbs with money, with cash, and we drop a few coins in a boot and we pat ourselves on the back.

Yet, Jesus, never doled out cash. He did not phone in his love, care and mercy.
His ministry was hands-on, up close and personal.

Daily, Merciful One, You put in our paths people to whom our crumbs would change
their lives.

Daily, Merciful One, You watch as we are unable or unwilling to get our hands
dirty or take up our time helping those who need it most.

And yet, Lord, You bestow your blessings, even life, on us for evermore.

Lord of All, soften our hearts, open our eyes and our ears. Help us to crawl
under the table to find who is waiting for our crumbs. Help us get down on our
knees and see the floor. Help us to reach for that hand that has never been
touched or loved. Help us to grasp that hand and bring that person up from the
floor and into the light that we enjoy. Help us to make our lives a way to
improve the lives of others.

Let us share our crumbs freely until we learn to share the meal freely.

Let our faith and our mercy be that which defines our lives not our fear and inactivity.

Lord, we can do this with your help.

Lord, give us dirty hands.

Amen