God rest us.
Rest that part of us which is tired.
Awaken that part of us which is asleep.
God awaken us and awake within us.

– Michael Leunig

Dear God,
When it is hard to keep looking,
when it is painful to keep feeling,
when it is challenging to keep speaking truth:
grant us rest that replenishes and sustains.

When we let being busy,
or being cynical
or despairing,
or being tired
deaden us:
wake us up.

Make us alive by your Spirit.
Make us alive in your Spirit:
awake and ready to act with you
for love and justice
in your world.


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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