We are ashamed, Loving God,
That, in this world of plenty,
So many go hungry.
We are mortified that in our cities, towns and villages,
Here in the prosperous West,
So many sleep in doorways, beg for food,
And, even in work, have insufficient food to feed their families.
The words of the prophets of old
Ring harshly in our ears,
Because we know it should not be like this.
Justice, mercy and love
Should colour our lives our country, our world,
But they do not.
Loving and merciful God,
We know that you see the plight of strangers and of friends,
We know that you are eager to work with us.
One tiny light does make a difference,
But many lights shine brighter,
And you seek for every heart to be warmed.
Give us a desire for justice,
Tempered with mercy and love.
In the name of Jesus we pray
Reading: Matthew 25:31-46
STF 687 One human family
Prayers for January by Hazel Parsons