Prayers and Reflections

Reflection 1 – God’s Compassion for us

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-Have you ever felt broken, or know someone who has?

(It might mean you’ve felt really sad, upset, or angry, and felt like there is nothing anyone can do. Sometimes we can feel like the whole world is against us, and God doesn’t care or understand).

The Bible tells us that God is compassionate, he does understand, and he cares; Jesus experienced many similar feelings in his time on Earth, and in Psalm 147, verse 3 David writes,

‘He (God) heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.’

If you ever feel emotionally broken like this, it is really important to talk to someone, and there are several people that can help in school. Some find prayer helpful too.

-How do you show compassion? Think who you could help by listening? Perhaps try it out!

-If you like, share some of the troubles in your life with God in a prayer.

Prayer Day 1

Lord God,

Thank you that you understand what it is to feel lost, broken and hurt. Thank you that you love us, care for us and that you do comfort us when we need it. Thank you for the people you put in our lives that listen and comfort us too. Help us to share a little of that love and compassion with others we encounter each day. Amen.

Reflection 2 – Compassion for the Community

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-In which ways do you serve your community?

Mother Teresa saw brokenness all around her in the world; Emotional, Physical and Spiritual. She chose to do something about it and gave her life to serving others.

In 2 Corinthians, chapter 1, verses 3-4 Paul writes,

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”.

-How might you bring comfort to people? Why is this important?

-How could you encourage others to serve?

-What difference could you/we all make?

Prayer Day 2

Father God,

We pray for the communities that each of us is part of, and particularly those in need and suffering in them.

We ask that you show us how to be the best citizens we can, serving others, bringing comfort and help, and through that serving you. Help us to be a blessing to others.

Amen.

Reflection 3 – Showing compassion

Good morning; may the Lord be with you.

(Response) And also with you.

-How would you describe compassion?

-In which ways do you show compassion?

In Colossians chapter 3 verse 12, Paul writes,

 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”.

Mother Teresa was a great example of someone committed to being compassionate and loving, no matter what the cost. You may not want to be quite so drastic but imagine the difference it would make to our community if we demonstrated these values more each day.

-How can you show more compassion today (and every day)? –  Focus on this for a few days and see how it affects others, and you?

Prayer Day 3

Father God,

Help us to keep showing compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience as we travel through life’s journey. Give us the strength we need to serve others, especially when we perhaps don’t feel like it, and may we be a real blessing to them. Change our hearts today and help us follow the example Jesus and others have set before us.

Amen.