of lament and liberation,
of tiny seeds and mulberry trees,
We come before you now
in this moment where heaven and earth meet
in silent hearts and racing minds.
We have little faith,
yet what we have is enough for You.
You take the crumbs of our hope,
and increase them into the Body of Hope,
broken and blessed,
around the world.
Today, we pray for the broken places
in your kin-dom.
We pray with compassion for those aching from grief and sadness.
We pray with heavy hearts for those who are angry, feeling defeated and defensive.
We pray with deep regret for those whom systemic racism has swept aside to invisibility and oppression.
Today, we pray for ourselves,
for the ways in which each of us suffer
in silence and shame and secret.
Make us brave. Make us wholehearted.
Increase our tiny faith so that we might believe
that all of your world, including ourselves,
belong at Your table of grace and mercy.
In the blessed name of Jesus our brother and friend we pray,
The Rev. Karla Jean Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA. She is a contributor to the RevGalsBlogPals Book, “There is a Woman in the Pulpit”.
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