Friday, October 10, 2008

Thousands turn to online prayer during economic crisis

This article my mom spotted and comes from STLtoday.Com.

10.09.2008 9:55 am
Thousands turn to online prayer during economic crisis
By Pamela Dolan
Special to the Post-Dispatch---

The following prayer was part of a story from the Anglican Communion News Service sent to me by a friend. It can be found online at on the Prayers for Today section of the Church of England’s website and has been viewed more than 8000 times since it was published in September.

Lord God, we live in disturbing days:
across the world,
prices rise,
debts increase,
banks collapse,
jobs are taken away,
and fragile security is under threat.
Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:
be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,
and a light in the darkness;
help us receive your gift of peace,
and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


All I know for sure is that I am glad I attend a church where real live people are there every time I walk through the door. Our priest has spoken of the financial crisis from the pulpit more than once, and it has served as an excellent reminder that none of us has to go through this alone. More than that, his words have reminded all of us in the pews that ours is a God of abundance, a loving and generous Creator who offers us more than we could ever ask for of our own accord. No financial crisis can threaten our relationship with God–unless we let it. Or, as one of the collects in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer says so beautifully:

“Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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