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Sacrificial Love
It takes a broken body for humanity to recognise the depth of unconditional love.
It takes a torn curtain to sense the pain of the relationships shattered by abuse and denial. It takes the silence of a day to hear weeping of a world waiting to be embraced.
It takes the dawning of a new day and the impossibility of an empty tomb,
for the possibility of longed-for love to be shared.
Lord of love,
who turned his cheek
to accept punishment of those who feared the power of God's love, in the love we seek to offer in Your name
make us daring and brave.
Where we have defined love by the ability to be loved by others, draw us back to Your definition.
Encourage us to hear the words that ask us to love the unlovable. In the empty places of our lives may we welcome the discomfort of struggling to live with opposite opinions.
In the breaking of bread may boundaries of the familiar be expanded to encounter You
in the blessing of hurts and anger laid low.
Amen

Prayer
Loving Lord,
may all who can no longer endure their responsibilities
or their circumstances
hear Jesus say:
"Come to me all you that are weary
and carrying heavy burdens":
those who feel the weight of illness
or the weight of care for one who is ill;
those who feel the pressure of work or the pressure of no work;
those who bear the millstone of grief
or the millstone of guilt;
those who suffer daily persecution or daily abuse;
those who carry hunger in their bodies
or hunger in their souls;
those individuals or groups whom we name before You now......... PRAYER BOOK "Come to me, and I will give you rest."
Lord, when we ourselves are tested beyond our means,
give us humble faith to come to You
but also to recognise
that Your help still comes
in human form.
Amen

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