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Holy God,
Alpha and Omega,
Our beginning and our end–

We are in the midst:
In the midst of the Lenten wilderness
with its deprivations and spiritual burdens,
moving from temptation to cross
through grief and betrayal and violence.

We are in the midst:
In the midst of church busyness
with its committee meetings and volunteer charts,
moving from Sunday to Sunday
through conflicts and challenges.

We are in the midst,
and yet, as pastors, we are also
already—but not yet—with the risen Christ on Easter morning;
already—but not yet—with the church as you are calling it to be (rather than how it is).

We hold these tensions:
of resting in the wilderness and rejoicing at the empty tomb,
of plodding from Sunday to Sunday and perceiving the divine mission of your church.
As uncomfortable as it may be,
there is really no place for us other than in the midst.
It is where we are and where we must be.

And so we give you thanks
that it is also where you are: in the midst;
We give you thanks that your kingdom is not here or there,
but among us, in the midst of us;
allowing us rest and calling forth celebration,
strengthening us for the daily work and granting us visions of your future.

Praise be to you, God,
the Alpha and Omega,
our beginning and our end and our One in the midst.

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. Her blog is SpaciousFaith.com.

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