prayer list

September 14th, 2013

imagesWhenever I am feeling injured or ignored, which I’m sorry to say is quite a bit, all I have to do is open my eyes to someone who has real suffering, not just the imaginary kind like me.

That’s what I’m feeling now as I consider the devastation and despair passing through every news stream in front of me. I feel a triple, quadruple whammy of sad helplessness, which is a powerful invitation to pray.

I’m saying a prayer service today, and tomorrow, and the day after, and after, and after. Let’s assemble a prayer list, shall we? I’ll start the list, and please leave a comment or two and add to it. Tell me who or what to pray for. You can give me actual names if you like. In the face of our suffering world, I can’t imagine doing less, and I don’t know how to do more.

I’m praying for:

All the people of Syria.
All victims of war.
All victims of the Jersey boardwalk fire.
All victims of the Colorado floods.
All victims of natural disasters.
Our mother the Earth.
All children who are troubled and want to die.
All children who are sick and want to live.
All parents who need strength and guidance.
All animals suffering from abuse and neglect.
All beings suffering the pain of parting.

So far it is a short list, but it is a neverending need. Please add your prayers to the list.


  1. For my daughter K to have a long life and be in excellent health. May her troublesome and unwanted health conditions disappear. Thank you Karen for the prayers.

    Comment by Matta — September 22, 2013 @ 1:58 am

  2. For all who grow old and are facing their fears of their dying. My husband, who died a little when he lost his driving license. No big deal to some, a tragedy to him.
    I constantly pray for his peace of mind and for myself to look on him with compassion.

    Comment by Jude Smith — September 22, 2013 @ 7:23 am

  3. For all those who are starting new jobs, or maybe just somehow starting over. It’s rough and scary being the new guy!! And for those who are scared of something tonight….

    Comment by Davin — September 22, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  4. Prayers for those traveling far away from their loved ones, may their journey be safe and may they return home soon. Prayers for the loved ones remaining at home. May they find strength to keep going when life is so exhausting. May they find courage to ask for help when needed.

    Comment by Kim — September 22, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

  5. Prayers for all those who have forgotten how to pray……

    Comment by Stephanie — September 25, 2013 @ 6:36 am

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