A late night on the Metro. Photo credit Rev. Deb Vaughn

Oh Holy One,
How quickly we forget
that you brought us onto this planet
as travelers on the same road,
hungry ones in need of food,
tired ones in need of rest.

How quickly we turn on one another
and question instead of believe,
accuse instead of listen,
attack instead of trust.
We aim at the cross-hairs of our differences
instead of celebrating our common need
of acceptance
of mercy
of forgiveness
of hope…

Creator God,
may we see the heartache
instead of the hate,
and envelop our fellow travelers
in waves of your grace,
for our stumbling steps
and aching feet
surely tell us
we need your grace as well.

So be it.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn is a hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists, and Assistant Minister at Twinbrook Baptist Church in Rockville, MD. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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