An Uncomfortable Blessing
Many of our churches are using this season of Lent to look at how we might examine our treatment of the environment, see where we have gone wrong and make honest efforts to redeem our relationship with God's creation. This quite harsh prayer might help:
May the Spirit bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships, so that we will find life deep within our hearts.
May the Spirit bless us with anger at injustice and oppression, the exploitation of people and earth so that we will work for justice, equity and peace.
May the Spirit bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer, so that we will reach out our hands to comfort them.
May the Spirit bless us with the foolishness to think that we can make a difference in the world, so that we will do the things that others say cannot be done.