the first prayer:
holy one in your wisdom you have made us dependent no one another, and so we pray for the starving millions in our world. give us true repentence for our greed and selfishness. empower us to make amendsas best as we can. help us to find the ways to share so that no one hungers at the table of life we ask this through christ our lord
the second prayer:
we ask you lord to be with us in all we say and do and think and feel we ask you that the strengths of our personalities be nourished and grow in our realationship with each otehr, and that our faults and weaknesses also be used in your service you are the one who can bring good out of everything help us to be humble and sincere in our attitudes to others not intolerant and critical this we ask through christ our lord.
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To me, reflection is a very personal thing. Here is what I suggest you do. Read the prayer, and then write for ten minutes without stopping. Write everything that the prayer makes you think of, how it relates to your life, and what it means to you. There you have brainstormed.
The thing that I notice right away about both prayers is that they emphasize our need to consider and be respectful and responsible for the feelings of others and how our actions affect them. I noticed and appreciated that the second prayer recognizes the reality of human frailty, but also that these frailties can be addressed and used in the big picture of a loving, intelligent, and compassionate God.
The second prayer seems to emphasize your responsibility in the world, with God there to help, but with you doing much of the work for yourself. There are quite specific ways God's help is being asked for, and reflecting on examples of each might be a good idea. For instance, how can you be a stronger personality? How might you avoid being intolerant and critical of others? Perhaps you have been weak, intolerant, or critical and can offer examples of each. How can this prayer make you a better person? It calls attention to human imperfection, which we all have, and makes us more aware of what we need to do to be better people.
If I were doing this, my reflections would center around these things:
For the first prayer, I would want to reflect on how it is that we are dependent on one another. I would think about it on the personal level -- how we as individuals rely on each other, and I would think of it on the group level -- how our countries rely on each other. Then I would think about how things would be better if we were less selfish.
For the second prayer, I would try to think about what my strengths and weaknesses are. Then I would think agbout how those could be used in the service of God.
What a creative assignment. There are many ways in which you can approach this assignment. Let me give you a few points that might help. I will deal with the first prayer. One observation that I see immediately is that the first prayer assumes that God works through people. The supplication is not for a miracle, but for people to repent and do the right thing. This assumes that God works through human agency. This can be an important point. This prayer also assumes that what is needed is repentance. Finally, you can write something on the importance of humility and how pride is something that needs to be fought.
In the first prayer the prayer is not for real food for the millions, but rather the gift of wisdom of how mankind can work together. Mankind has always done the opposite of what God had intended. Man has been selfish and greedy. He takes what he wants and shares little. In order to help mankind to be more of what God wants him to be the prayer is asking for God to show the way.
The second prayer calls to God to shape us as individuals. There is evidence that the person saying the prayer knows that God has the power to mold him into the person God wants him to be. He is asking that God take over his development and make him good and humble not always thinking of himself but others. He is asking God to teach us how to be better friends to one another. He knows that God's work is done through mankind on earth and he wants to be the vessel for God's glory by doing what is good and right.
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