Understanding One,
In these moments, our hearts and minds are tuned to your Spirit,
and Nudging
us to peel back the layers of surfaces
that keep us from
your Truth.

Peeling back all that protects us,
our perceptions,
our identities,
our accomplishments,
even our fears
to expose the bare tender skin of vulnerability
is uncomfortable and maybe even painful.
Help us, God.
Because we know that your Truth will free us
from that which binds us.

And there is so much that binds us.
We know we need forgiveness, in more ways that we can count.
We know we need to forgive, in more things that we can number.
Humble us, God.

We pray this prayer for ourselves,
and for this community.

And, as we pray, we continue to remember
the sick and sad and suffering ones,
the lonely and abandoned and at-risk ones,
We continue pray for  those whose lives been shattered
by hurricanes and wildfires and earthquakes and warring nations.
We pray for your Creation, for all living and sentient beings.

We pray this prayer, for Love’s sake,

Rev. Karla Miller is Minister for Community Life at Old North Church UCC in Marblehead, MA.  She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s A Woman In the Pulpit.

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