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Morning Prayer

August 16, 2015

We take a walk through our neighborhood, Lord, and we see you.

We walk north up Lawrence Avenue and see the homes, block after block of a neighborhood in transition. Many are stately, well-cared for homes, a source of pride in our city. Others once were, but have fallen to disrepair as the original inhabitants can no longer care for their space. Still others find themselves in a rotating cycle of owner after owner, each inhabitant beginning with the hope of home ownership, but leaving when a financial blow and the reality of out-of-reach Lawrence mortgages crash into a heap of debt and foreclosure. Lord, we pray for the inhabitants in each of these homes, for their lives, for their journeys. May they know that you love them, they you reach out to them. May they know that the church up on the hill loves them, too. May we be that church that demonstrates such love.

We take a walk through our neighborhood, Lord, and we see you.

We come down 9th street and see our neighborhood schools: Sunset Hill and West Middle. After a summer of inactivity, they are bustling again. Teachers, students, parents. We pray for the beginning of a new school year, Lord, and for all of our schools and the mounting challenges that they face. For the staff and students of Sunset Hill, in transition as they experience construction, we say a special prayer for patience. For all of our schools and all of our students, we ask a prayer of blessing.

We take a walk through our neighborhood, Lord, and we see you.

We turn south, toward Bob Billings, and see a bus stop jammed with students. Some fresh-faced and new. Some experienced and jaded. All of them looking down into their phones. Looking. Looking. Looking. What are they looking for, Lord? How might we help them find it in you?

We take a walk through our neighborhood, Lord, and we see you.

Up to the corner of Bob Billings and Kasold, we find a corner filled with businesses and storefronts. Each is occupied with customers and employees working through their day. Many are there for as long as it takes to fill a cup of coffee. Others – including several small business owners – feel like they might as well bring a cot and move in, as long as their days are. Lord, we pray for the businesses of our community. May they make decisions with their customers and employees that demonstrate your example of grace, of justice, of wisdom, of winsomeness.

We take a walk through our neighborhood, Lord, and we see you.

And as we walk back into our parking lot, the scampering squirrels and the singing birds remind us of the simplicity and clarity of a life of following you. The squirrels and the birds spend their days following the direction of their Creator, and fulfilling the purpose for which they were created. Make us like that Lord. Help us to follow you and be what we were created to be. As individuals. As families. As a church.

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