Prayer for others:

 

Thank you for bread

We love the smell of freshly baked bread

Brown white, wholemeal…

Spread with butter and jam

Made into sandwiches for a picnic in the sun….

Bread

Symbol of food,

Sign of plenty…

When there is bread

There is sufficiency

There is enough

There will be nourishment and growth…

Bread sign and symbol

Of food to eat

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Thank you Lord for our bread

Our food

Our plenty…

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and hear our prayer for those

who rake the bins and rubbish heaps

looking for bread…

stale grubby mouldy

they don’t care…

if it will silence the deep groaning of their empty stomach…

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and let this prayer

be more than easy empty words and a flash of shame

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help us to see

help us to feel

help us to say yes

to those who ask not for palaces and fine robes

but for bread.

 

And for those who work to make your world fairer

We pray

For the world leaders with this unique chance

To change things now

For ever….

 

Water, Lord, we have plenty of it

We can wash in it

Shower in it

Swim in it…

We can put out fires with it…

Wash our car with it

Freshen up  our gardens with it…

We can boil eggs in it…

 

And when we want to

When we need to

We can drink it

In bottles

In cups

From bubbling streams

Or convenient water fountains…

 

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thank you for the water that cools us down

quenches our thirst

gives us pleasure..

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and hear our prayer for people and places

where the water has dried up

the earth is cracked

where the wells are empty

the crops are dying

hope is disappearing

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or those places where the water brings disease and dysentery and death

 

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Lord hear our prayers for those places and those people

And make praying about it

The first step

To fixing it…

Doing something about it…because you wont let us just pray

And walk away

As if that were enough….

 

And for those who work to make your world fairer

We pray

For the world leaders with this unique chance

To change things now

For ever….

 

 

AMEN.