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feature: religion & spirituality
September 2nd, 2011

In Difficult Times

A Prayer for Labor Day

 
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Lord, we see our neighbors hurting as they lose their jobs to layoffs and plant closings and their homes to foreclosure. We pray that in the midst of turmoil, they feel your presence.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

Lord, our elected officials are seeking solutions to this economic crisis; let them not forget workers, who through the sweat of their brows, keep this country going.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

Lord, as we face the uncertain future, give us the spirit of integrity, that we would hold up those who are in severe distress, as we are all your children and made in the image of God.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for employers that they would not bow to idols in the worship of wealth, stealing wages and abusing workers rights, but would seek justice, providing fair compensation and benefits to those they employ.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for those who see no way, are discouraged, or are hurt. We pray that they do not feel hopeless or alone. We pray that our hearts would be open to help our neighbors and community through this time.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

This prayer is one of the resources written for Labor in the Pulpit/on the Bimah/in the Minbar services.

Lord, we pray for those who face sickness and disease without the security of health care. We pray that your grace would touch the heart of those who can change this situation.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves, that we would exhibit your loving kindness. We pray that we would not stand idly by while suffering surrounds us. We pray that we would be instruments of justice, speaking truth to power and acting on the mandate of justice.
Lord of compassion, hear our prayer

 
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The Author : Interfaith Worker Justice
Interfaith Worker Justice is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.
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