Posted by: morgan1965 | January 18, 2010

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Prayer

Oh God of Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Medgar Evers and Rosa Parks, we gather here today as members of several West Virginia faith communities. We have come to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., a drum major for justice and a prophet among us.

As we tarry here, we are mindful of our neighbors in Haiti. We pray for the people there and commend them to your care, many of whom are homeless, or injured, or hungry, or thirsty and hopeless. We pray for those people, civilian and military, who have mounted a massive relief effort there. We pray for the government of Haiti.

Gracious God, we also are mindful of people around the world who are hurting. Comfort them we pray, and provide for them a future with hope.

We pray for those men and women who are in military service. Please place your arms of safety around them. We plead for peace and ask that you would guide our President Barack Obama as he strives to bring an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We thank you for Martin Luther King, Jr. who cried out for justice and peace when it was unpopular to do such a thing. We thank you for the Prince of Peace who taught us to love one another. We thank you for the freedom to celebrate the life and teaching of your servant, Martin Luther King, Jr.

God of grace, please enable the tables that we have gathered around to be a place for initiating lasting fellowship and creative community. May the food provided for us be a source of strength for our bodies. We thank you for food to eat, mindful of the fact that many people have little or nothing to eat. May our souls be energized by the presence of your Holy Spirit. AMEN

[A prayer offered at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Churches – January 18, 2010]

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