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God of unexpected circumstances
(is there any other kind, really?),
you must roll your eyes as you watch us
thinking we are in control,
making plans as though they were ours to make,
being afraid as though we had not heard your promise.

And yet you don’t give up on us,
you join us for breakfast on the beach
when we don’t know whether to jump in the water or get out,
on the road and at supper when we don’t recognize you,
and at times when we cower in fear in the locked rooms of our hearts.

Walk with us this day,
open our eyes and our hearts
to see you in unexpected circumstances,
to discover you next to us, inside us.
Give us ears to hear you say “Do not be afraid.”
Help us unlock our fearful hearts to your presence.


Barbara Bruneau is a recently retired Lutheran pastor living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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