Pastoral Prayer: Eye Has Not Seen

Offered in Worship at Broadway Baptist Church, Louisville

December 19, 2010

Rev. Chris Caldwell, Pastor

0 God, scripture speaks of Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love him. (I Corinthians 2:9)

Lord, our eyes cannot see fully what you have prepared for us.
Our ears cannot hear fully the blessings you offer.

But we give thanks that you have offered us glimpses.

We have seen glimpses of your hope at sunrise, as purple gives way to orange, then pink, then to a blue sky.

We have heard your peace in the inaudible whispers of a baby's breath.

We have heard your joy this week in the sounds of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, who, like the angels on a Bethlehem hillside, blessed us with the harmony of joy.

We have glimpsed your love in the smile of a friend who truly knows us and who truly cares.

Forgive us the times we fail to see what you set before us.

Forgive us when our eyes are distracted.

Forgive us when our ears are filled.

Forgive us when our hearts are hardened.

May others seem glimpses of you in us.

May our living in some small way reflect your loving.

 And May our giving in some small way reflect your grace. Amen.