We search the old stories for answers and examples, for guidelines and inspiration, for reassurance and affirmation, for how to be your church (1)Holy One,

We search the old stories
for answers and examples,
for guidelines and inspiration,
for reassurance and affirmation,
for how to be your church.

We hope you will allow us
to stay the same,
to maintain our traditions,
to uphold our rules,
and remain in our comfort zones.

Your answer is always no.

Your stories ever call us
to doors we would rather keep shut,
to tables where we never planned to sit,
to people we have tried to avoid,
and truths we prefer not to hear.

Make us the church you call us to be.
Use our stubbornness in new commitments.
Ground our certainty in fresh understandings.
Open our hearts and minds to serve you well,
in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Martha Spong is a clergy coach and executive director of RevGalBlogPals. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community. (Image created on Canva.)


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