Pastoral Prayer for January 9, 2022
Teach me a child’s way of living in my heart and mind today:
Quick to laugh
Delighted in the moment
Ready to hope – and hope big – all over again
Forgetful of yesterday
Reaching for Mommy
Reaching for Daddy
Reaching often, God –
Secure in your presence
Believing in your goodness
Trusting in your strength
Help me to bring a childlike attitude when I read the Bible,
especially when I engage with Jesus’ parables.
It’s so easy to see them as one-dimensional stories.
Help me to move inside each parable,
to make myself at home there,
and to learn to see myself and the world
through the eyes of the parable.
Help me, Loving God, to have some FUN with your Word,
by asking the right questions,
by giving free reign to my imagination
in coming up with possible answers and insights.