We thank you, O God,
for encouragement:

for friends who strengthen our hearts
by showing up to cheer us on,

for friends who send gifs
and thumbs up

who wish us well.

We thank you
that this encouragement
builds us up,
makes us braver,
makes us stronger,
draws us on.

We thank you
and praise you:

you who made us to be in community,
you who befriends us,
you who walks the road with us.  Amen.


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.

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