Tuesday, Gracious God, a day of second chances, unraveling what Monday brought, dispatching messages to any whom we may have offended, awakening to the week ahead, we plead with you to grant us such courage that we would fulfill Tuesday’s gift to us. We begin again.
For those who reside too long in shadows of grief and sadness, have mercy. For those for whom life has become bitter or tasteless, have mercy. Salt us with your salt. Replace our shriveled hearts with joyful and vibrant hearts, released from burdens and into the world you love. Light of light, enlighten us.
Our leaders oppress us, Prince of Peace. They wring our pitiless lives of power, heap shame upon those they hate, destroy comity and exploit distrust for their own greed and power. Help us not to become like them. Instead, through faith, hope and love transform us and if you would on this second day of the week, we plead, provide us a glimpse of your Kingdom so that seeing its shoreline, we might sail our lives resolutely to its border.
For the earth and all who inhabit it, animals as well as human beings, we plead that they find green pastures and still waters of restoration today. In the name of all who suffer and by your beautiful and holy name we offer our prayers and pleadings. Amen.