Jesus, dear Jesus,
we are not always certain of the road before us:
whether hope will meet us or hell will greet us,
whether strangers might guide us or friends might betray us,
whether your kingdom will dawn or the shadows lengthen for a while longer.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
on this wilderness road we long for direction:
for signs and symbols and secrets to guide our ways,
for wise company to love us and guard us against our fears,
for the curiosity to understand and the compassion for grace.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
the roads wind, the paths cross, the ways are full of obstacles:
hear the prayers of those who feel lost, those in grief, and those in crisis;
do not be unknown to those who are hungry, who are exiled, who are in danger;
humble our vanities & jealousies to make us good traveling companions.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
though the ways are long and the wilderness ever-changing,
no matter how far we roam or how uncertain we feel,
be our rock and our root, our center and our home.
Locate us always within your perfect love.

We pray, Jesus, in your name.

Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, blogger, and soccer mom. Her upcoming book, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith) with co-author Martha Spong, reflects on love gone wrong, bathroom evangelism, and other questionable stories of faith.

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