Here’s a Prayer for the People

God, today I’m thinking about all the stuff,

the stuff that we worry about, the money and the possessions and the taxes, and the things.

And I can imagine Jesus, whispering in our ears

Reminding us, coaxing us, murmuring to us “don’t worry about the stuff,

I didn’t put you here to worry about the stuff….

I put you here to worry about the people….

Consider the lilies of the field,

the birds and the bees,

and the cute koala bears….”

I think about how generous you are God, how you don’t mind if we give money and laws to Caesar and the government, how utterly unbothered you are by the fact.

Because that’s not what you are worried about.

Instead, you are too busy learning the name of every single being in the universe. Instead you are too busy

healing up the wounds of the forgotten

telling those who live in-between that their lives are beautiful and radical and good

you are too busy doing the real work of the world.

So, though I need the stuff God, you know, to live.

I will try to make sure everyone has enough stuff,

and worry instead, about the people.

God please help us to love and worry and serve the people, and remind us–all of us,

that you created us, not to make stuff

but to love people.

In Christ’s name we pray.


Feel free to share/adapt/use with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta

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