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I am writing this prayer from my hotel room in Baltimore, where I am attending the UCC General Synod.   My mind is swimming from the rich prophetic preaching and witness from so many gathered here.  This morning, one of the speakers who was introducing Rev. Traci Blackmon, talked about how we (disciples and the church) need to catch up with God.

God,
You are so way, way, way ahead of us.
It is so easy to get stuck in the weeds of our living.
Of course, a little bit of organization and structure is very good, because it can free us
to live with all of who we have been called to be.
But when we perseverate on the lines of charts, or even Oxford commas,
we can miss the point~~
making love and mercy and passion real in this world.

It would be sinful to say, “wait up, God, wait up for us!” although that temptation is great.
Rather, we pray for the courage to live a little lighter,  shedding that which weighs us down and mires us in the mud.
Help us unfold our wings,
flex our feet and hands,
to run to You,
to fly with You,
to reach for Your hand and grab on,
flinging us toward the scary messy glory of kin-dom dreaming and justice wrangling
with You.

Amen.

 


Rev. Karla Miller is a UCC pastor serving as Minister for Community Life at Old North Church in Marblehead, MA. She is a contributor the the RevGalBlogPals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.  When not ministering in the community, she enjoys walking her three dogs with her wife, Liz; petting their four cats; trying to grow tomatoes and sampling craft beer.


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