photo by Christy Miller Newlander (my sister)

I’ll be honest,
I don’t know today even if it’s worth it to pray.
Not because of You, but because of me. Because of us.
I don’t want to throw out some empty words, or desperate words, while feeling helpless.
There is money to donate, protest to engage in, kindness to share, I know.
I want it to make a difference now,
I want hearts to change now,
I want it all fixed now,
I want it all gone~~the heartache, the terror, the immorality, the hatefulness, the embarrassment, the awfulness.
I just. can’t. even.

In my helplessness, show me my power, O God.
In my despair, reveal my strength.
In the dying in my soul, uncover my Life-force.
May I rest in my dissonance long enough to honor it….
and then may I have the courage
to rise
in You.


Rev. Karla Miller is Minister for Community Life at the Old North Church in Marblehead, MA on the north shore of Boston.  She is also a contributor to the RevGals book, “There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.”  She rarely blogs at do.love.walk but sometimes posts her sermons there.

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6 thoughts on “Wednesday Prayer

  1. The picture – there were rain clouds ahead, but we stayed protected throughout that late evening journey. Leaning on my devotional verse today: Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help. Hebrews 4:16


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