Sun shining through windows at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

Thank you, Lord, for those faithful ones we never see on front pages or in important spaces…

– for those who study and write and preach and plan services, for their faithful service feeds your people, week after week.

– for those who endure lock-ins and pizza nights and summer camps and earplugs-required concerts, for they are building the future leaders of the church

– for those who play with blocks or make the Scriptures come alive for little ears, for they have cared for “the least of these”

– for those who sit in waiting rooms and hallways and outside surgery suites, for they bring your comfort and your peace

– for those who hold the hands of the dying and wipe the tears of the bereaved, for they proclaim the promised resurrection

– for those who march and sing and pray and protest, for they stand up to evil and bring your Light of truth

– for those who cook meals and shelter the homeless, for they have welcomed you into their midst.

– for those who fold programs or prepare the sanctuary for worship, for they create a welcoming haven for strangers and parishioners

For all your faithful ones, clergy and laity, we give thanks.

Amen. 


Rev. Deborah Vaughn (aka “Rev. Deb”) is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony, and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan and lives with her family outside Washington, DC.


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4 thoughts on “Friday Prayer: For the unseen faithful

  1. PERFECT! thank you for this for today. Not on the front lines, nor my people-but on the frontlines of faith in action in our tiny space that God has given us. Feeling validated for my people through this. Blessings.

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  2. Planning to preach about the invisible people, the people we avoid because their presence reminds us of something painful or distasteful about ourselves. Caught especially by in the precursor to this Sunday’s Genesis text that Sarah lost esteem of Hagar after Hagar conceived and how Sarah’s plan to increase by her own design was compromised. Thinking I will be able to connect to Romans where Paul says we are planted together – we are dependent upon one another.

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