Prayer for Our Troubled Hearts on Christian Family Sunday

Motherís Day 1999

composed by Rev. M. Gayle MacDonald
permission given for use in worship

God in whom we live and move and have our being, do we even know how fortunate we are when our prayers can be filled with thanksgiving for having known a Motherís love.

Today our hearts are troubled and afraid and we cling to your promise of your peace in our troubled world.

We pray today for the mothers and families of Littleton, Colorado and of Taber, Alberta-- for all those who grieve the loss of their children and the loss of a husband.

We pray especially for those who have twice lost their children-- first to the evil that consumed them and led them to violence and a second time to a disquieting, unseemly death.

We pray for the mothers and families of Oklahoma who must put their lives together after their homes have been destroyed. We pray for all those who, through the past year, have lost their homes, their posssessions and sometimes their loved ones because of unforeseen natural disasters.

We pray for the mothers and families of Kosovo in their time of terror and for those in Serbia in their time of instability and those in China in their time of grief and anger. We pray those who still live in terror and those who have fled, whose lives are in limbo as they wait helplessly and sometimes even hopelessly. We pray that the terror and uncertainty of their futures be resolved. We pray that the terror, the instability and the anger not be passed on to their children or ours. We pray for peace. We pray for understanding. We pray for the healing of hearts of souls to begin.

Help us, O God, to live with the radical peace of Christ -- a peace that reaches beyond the boundaries of race, language and faith and sees each other as you see us. Show us how to accomplish the difficult task of being a large and diverse family of faithful people in a divided, multi-faith world. Teach us faithfulness and unity in our differences. Give us a passion for peace and a compassionate heart for healing and forgiveness.

This we pray for all people everywhere. May the love that reigns in the hearts of all good mothers prevail that our children and our childrenís children may dwell together in peace and wisdom.

This we pray in the name of Jesus, trusting in the promise that he will not leave us desolate.

This we pray in the name of Jesus who gives to us the promise of the Spirit and of peace.

This we pray in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray.


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