Whole lotta folks are hurting these days. Whole lotta folks are hurting most days. Whole lotta folks are fighting through the hurt, loving through the hurt, telling a new story out of hurt, showing up for one another’s hurt. Folks inside the church. Folks outside the church. You. Me. When we’re at work. When we’re at home. When we’re in our Sunday best (and/or preacher’s best!). When we’re in our grungiest sweatpants on the couch.
Our hurts are full, our hearts are full, because life is so full … therefore we fill our spirits with prayer. And when we are at a loss for our own words to pray, we give thanks for the words and prayers of our blogging community:
Spirit of Surprise and Faithfulness,
as I encounter what I didn’t expect to face, (1)
and wonder when I will learn the steps
steps of peace, healing, hope, (2)
I need your help.
What do I do now? (1)
Holy One, I lay my cares and concerns before You,
trusting in your steadfast and tender mercy,
your grace which knows no end. (3)
Your reassuring, Spirit-filled wind comes
blowing at my back,
telling me I’m not alone,
that you will fill me with
everything I need to take on what’s next
and do the things I didn’t think possible. (1)
Enliven in me the spark
that brings transformation
to every part of me that yearns
for your Divine impulse. (4)
May I embody forbearance and humanity in all my dealings,
putting my shoulder to the wheel of reconciliation and hope. (5)
May I live in the mystery of the Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit,
knowing I am loved and am called to love others. (6)
Amen and amen.
With thanks to these praying bloggers:
(1) Arianne @ Ash and Starlight
(2) Rachael @ Write Out of Left Field
(3) Scoop @ Be Thou My Vision, adapted to the first person
(4) Kathy @ God of the Sparrow, quoting Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
(5) Scoop @ Be Thou My Vision, adapted to the first person
(6) Susannah @ Tea and Theology, adapted to the first person
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 childhood memories of organizing the church nursery, harboring secret resentment of labyrinths, and other stories of faith.
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