Saturday, 10 January 2009

From the bunker...

On Thursday I was told that the Church of England's "Emergency Prayers Unit" had produced some prayers for the recession. I love the image of an "emergency prayers unit" and imagine it as a mix between Blackadder goes Forth and Father Ted. Unfoprtunately I haven't been able to find evidence that such a unit actually exists, but it's a nice image.

For those who are interested, here are the prayers:

Prayer on being made redundant

‘Redundant’ – the word says it all -
without purpose,
surplus to requirements.’

Thank you, Heavenly Father, that in the middle of
the sadness,
the anger,
the uncertainty,
the pain,

I can talk to you.

Hear me as I cry out in confusion,
help me to think clearly,
and calm my soul.

As life carries on,
may I know your presence with me
each and every day.

And as I look to the future,
help me to look for fresh opportunities, for new directions.
Guide me by your Spirit,
and show me your path,
through Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.  Amen.


Prayer for those remaining in the workplace

Life has changed:
colleagues have gone – redundant, out of work.

Suddenly, what seemed so secure is now so very fragile.

It’s hard to know what I feel:
sadness, certainly,
guilt, almost, at still having a job to go to,
and fear of the future:
who will be next?
how will I cope with the increased pressure of work?

Lord Jesus, in the midst of this uncertainty, help me to keep going:
to work to the best of my ability,
taking each day at a time,
and taking time each day to walk with you
for you are the way, the truth and the life.  Amen.

Personally, I think these aren't public prayers but guided meditations in the style of Michel Quoist. On the other hand if people find them helpful then great! Let me know if you do.

One person suggested this week that we need a prayer that we can all say on a regular basis during the course of the crisis. I haven't seen a prayer like this but if you have let me know. If there isn't anything available from the structures, perhaps we'll write one...

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