“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
Since we know that no emotion is beyond your care, no life beyond your reach, none beyond your love, we turn to you, Holy One. Forgive us, we ask, for hurtful words, harmful actions, and unhealthy thoughts; for leaving good deeds undone and good words unsaid; for allowing so many to live in the grip of poverty so that a relative few can enjoy the lap of luxury. Move us to work for the world as it could be: A world where abundance is shared and peace is the norm; a world that knows neither hunger nor homelessness; a world where all are valued; a world in which people forgive each other so that we might live together. With the patience and persistence to make this world a reality, please grant us discomfort with easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships. Help us to preach and teach and write and organize and celebrate and console and challenge in the hope that we can together do what others claim cannot be done. Amen
-Rev. Nathan Day Wilson, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
We call on you now to join us in “40 Days of Prayer to Transform: A Journey to Newness.” Beginning December 12 and moving daily through January 20, members of the National Council of Churches and all communion partners will join in praying for hope, unity, and healing. During this Advent/Christmas season and into the New Year we put our hope in the ability and desire of God, through Jesus Christ, to heal and transform hearts and minds. We look for the Holy Spirit to breathe God’s newness into individual lives, faith communities, the soul of our nation, indeed, the whole world.