Asking Difficult Questions [A Prayer]

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Good and gracious God,

We want a deeper faith.
We want to know you more fully,
but we are also sometimes worried
to ask too many questions,
to have it seem too much like we are uncertain.

May we learn to hold on to
a love that is so unquenchable
it is willing to ask questions of faith
even in places others fear to tread.

Let it serve as an example and a reminder
of not only how we understand our faith,
but how we put it into practice.

When we see a world full of food
and yet also full of starving people,
may it lead us to ask the difficult questions
and to insist on better solutions.

When we see a world full of empty houses
and yet also full of homeless people,
may it lead us to ask the difficult questions
and to insist on better solutions.

When we see a world full of sickness
and yet full of medical solutions
may it lead us to ask the difficult questions
and to insist on better solutions.

When we see a world full of pain and grief
and full of people of many faiths
whose core and foundational beliefs
are love and compassion
may it lead us to ask the difficult questions
and to insist on better solutions.

We take this moment to remember
those in our lives
who are sick or struggling.

We also pray for those in this world
who are struggling with their situation
because of health, housing or nourishment issues.

We pray for those who are victims of violence:
Everyone from loved ones in their homes
to those suffering the tragedy of war.

And we ask for encouragement and inspiration
on how we can serve
in this world
to make a difference for all.

Amen.

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