Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. (Mark 10, 15)
Peace and Justice Prayers from Kilchattan Primary School (Isle of Colonsay, Argyll)
please help the poor people in the world
and answer their prayers.
could you stop murders and fights?
help all the people in the world
and help us
stop global warming.
(from Acorns and Angels, Resources for Ordinary Time: Ruth Burgess, Wild Goose Publications 2009)
You lack one thing; go, sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me. (Mark 10, 21)
Come, Lord Jesus, and show us what is true
In a world of great wealth
Where many go hungry
And fortunes are won and lost by trading in money,
Come, Lord Jesus, and show us what is true.
(from ‘Bread of Tomorrow’, ed. Janet Morley, Christian Aid/SPCK 1992)
Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant…(Mark 10, 43)
God with us,
When we privilege our own agendas,
hurt others in the effort to impose our will,
or chain ourselves to our fears,
tumble us off the throne of our pride,
and release us into finding our worth in your love.
Lord have mercy on us
Lord Jesus Christ,
you know us, you love us, you free us,
then call us to follow you
and we bless you.
Your mercy meets us in our confusion;
may your spirit meet us in our everyday living.
Take heart, get up, he is calling you. (Mark 10, 49)
Bartimaeus shouted when he heard you coming,
sprang up, cast away his cloak and ran to you,
asked you only for what he needed,
And when you restored him,
immediately, he followed you.
We give thanks for the people
who hear and wait for us,
who do not flinch at our humanity,
who do not turn away from our vulnerability,
who really see us with the eyes of love,
that different way of seeing.
May we too see in a different way
not just the condition of people but their capabilities
not just what they need but what they can offer
not just as labels but as lovable and loving people.
Help us to learn from those who know their need of God,
and to follow with their faith.