Sunday, May 28, 2006

Prayer for financial times

I wrote this prayer today, mixing some Incarnational theology with the collecting of a church offering.

God, you took a risk,
In giving Jesus as a baby.
What if he was misunderstood, misquoted, mistreated?

God, you took a risk
In giving us dreams and visions
What if we deny our gifts, hoard our gifts, compound our private interest?

God, you took a risk
In giving us this earth
What if we pollute it, exploit it, attack each other?

God with this offering we say Yes.
Yes, we participate in your risk
Yes, we give ourselves – our time, our talents – away,
Yes, we care for our people, planet and place.

We pray, we hope,
In the name of the one who took the first risk,

Posted by steve at 03:19 PM


  1. I think of the “risk” God takes every time a child is born. When my youngest was born, I had the impression that God was saying a sort of farewell even as I anticipated the first “hello” as I met Esther for the first time. How much risk does it take to let a child come into this world? It’s huge…

    Comment by Will — May 29, 2006 @ 12:50 am

  2. Yep, I connect with the ‘risk’ motif too.
    It strikes me that the idea of risk is a bit harder to get inside you in the secure affluent society that I live in.
    For people in many parts of the world just living just waking up is risky.
    But the concept is there from the beginning of creation.

    Comment by christherev — May 29, 2006 @ 12:07 pm

  3. Great prayer!

    Comment by Kitty — June 1, 2006 @ 12:34 am

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