Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

I recently came across a little prayer card that I collected from a visit to Launde Abbey, a conference and retreat centre located in the East Midlands. It reminded me of a place of calm beauty and welcome; it summarises a universal call for our Christian places of worship and sanctuary to be open to …

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An Evening Prayer

December 26, 2017

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PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Let us join together and give thanks this night for beauty:
the beauty of a candle flickering in the gloominess
the beauty of a charitable deed done selflessly
the beauty redolent in those who persevere amidst hardships
the beauty of those who transform their deeply felt pain into
love
the beauty of those who forgive that which appears
unforgivable

Let us join together give thanks this night for dignity:
the dignity inherent in a life lived well
the dignity inherent in those who suffer for others
the dignity inherent in those who embrace the marginalised
the dignity inherent in those who stand up for the poor and
oppressed
the dignity inherent in those who pray for those who despise
them

Heavenly Father, we open our hearts to each other and give thanks this night, collectively.
We remember the goodness that encircles us and guides us, even when we cannot see it.
We give thanks, despite the difficulties of life and the brokenness we all carry within us.
We give thanks in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who never leaves our side, tonight and always.

AMEN

Nothing highlights the power and the necessity of intercessory prayer than the aftermath of the recent Norwegian tragedy.  A whole nation has been left lost and bereft whilst hundreds of families are enduring enormous pain and suffering as they mourn the senseless loss of loved ones.  It is against this backdrop that we Christians are …

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