For those who observe Saints’ Days in the western church, August 24th is the day that Nathanael, or Bartholomew, one of the 12 disciples is remembered.  There is debate among scholars about whether Nathaniel and Bartholomew are one and the same – today’s prayer references the exclamation of Nathaniel in John 1:45 about whether anything good can come out of Nazareth.

When I raise my eyebrows;
when I feel my cynicism rise;
when I resist believing wholeheartedly:
make me like Nathaniel,
your friend and follower,
willing to keep my eyes on you,
willing to come and see,
willing to watch and learn,
with an open and honest heart.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  Her ministry is currently both in a parish where she works with children and young people and as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice.

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