Overwhelmed by the shadows of this world, O God Most High,
we pause to remember and be centered within
your power that overshadows all fears and iniquities.
In your mercy, incline your heart to our prayer.

Your steadfast love is established forever:
without fanfare or pride,
yet omnipresent and glorious.

We magnify you,
by whom all generations are blessed.

We rejoice that in you is all goodness and life, O God Mysterious.
Attune our lips to bless one another with hope;
strengthen our resolve to serve you in kindness and generosity.
Multiply grace upon grace to those who are burdened.

Your steadfast love is established forever:
without beginning or end,
yet partial to the hungry and the brokenhearted.

We magnify you,
in whom all things are possible.

We pray for the lost to find a companion, O God Incarnate,
for the weary to know rest and the skeptical to catch visions,
for the powerful to be undermined and unraveled,
for your mercy to be remembered, embodied, shared in joy.

Your steadfast love is established forever:
without shelter or source,
yet always and everywhere.

We magnify you,
to whom is all glory forever and ever. Amen.

Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, blogger, and the author of Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen.

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