A Monday Prayer… in which I am both grateful and seek forgiveness in the same breath…

Precious, dearest friend.
I find myself in a strange place today
There are words of thanks, and words of grief, and words of anger, there are words of protest and there are words of disgust, all over my FB feed.
Forgive me that I turned my head away
and thank you that I have that luxury
Forgive me that I bit my tongue so as not to SIGH….
and thank you that you grant me grace to recognise it.

Holy One
I acknowledge that I am lucky, where and when I live, and I give thanks – but, I fear so much, that I can become like the Pharisee who called out with impotent prayers
I fear so much, that I can rest in your love, without the action that would demonstrate my faith

Help me
Help us
in this season of thankfulness
to share real thanks
to know real love
to recognise true privilege
and bless us,
bless me,
bless your hurting people
that they may discover anew, the joy of holy love
May we all, rest and be thankful
Today, and always

Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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