[God] lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock…  (Psalm 40:2, CEB)

Thank you, God,
for giving me a place to stand,

img_3064
Marker by Helen Pollock

a place to stand tall,
a place to know myself loved,
a place in which I belong,
a place to know I am yours.

Thank you, God,
for giving me a place to stand,
a place from which to lift my voice,
in praise and thanksgiving,
in supplication and in lament.

Thank you, God,
for giving me a place to stand,
a place from which to speak words of truth,
words of hope,
words of prophecy,
words of rebuke.
A place from which to make your good news known.

Thank you, God,
for setting my feet on firm ground.

Amen.

*Tūrangawaewae is a Māori word meaning place where one has the right to stand – place where one has rights of residence and belonging through kinship and whakapapa/genealogy.


Jemma Allen is an Anglican priest and counsellor in Auckland, New Zealand.  Her writing these days is mostly for her research project on contemplative practices and counselling, but sometimes still on her blog.


RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.

We hope you'll join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.