The people endured.
Despite their oppression. Despite their hunger.
Despite the violence and the anger and the fear.
They held on.
And there was this tiny hope. This warmth, this comfort, this direction, this companionship.
This YOU.
It was you, who didn’t leave them alone in the chaos.
It was you, who didn’t let them fall under that crushing weight of terror and worry and suffering and struggle.
It was you, who did deliver them and you, who is delivering us and them and all the world….
From chaos to truth, from despair to new big and wide and deep, deep breaths, from evil to grace, from powerlessness to freedom.

God, like them, we hold on to you.
We hold on.
(And kinda even rejoice, too.)


Inspired by Isaiah 9:1-4 (The RCL OT text for this Sunday) 

Prayer written by Rev. Erin Counihan, who serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO.

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