This prayer is late because
I didn’t quite realize it was April
or Friday

I’ve been praying all day, of course,
with colleagues and congregants,
for the confused and sick and dying and grieving;
for friends and family and the church;
and for my own disoriented brain
that doesn’t remember the month or day
without distinct effort and intention.

But this prayer,
This prayer I promised to write
for my colleagues and co-workers,
for my fellow tech-learners and grief-bearers–
This prayer is late,
as are so many things I do these days.
This prayer is scattered,
as are we all these days.
This prayer doesn’t really know where it is going or what it is doing.
It is a weary prayer from a weary spirit.

But this prayer is here, now, God–
as are we.
This prayer is trying its best
and reaching toward what is better.

So I offer You this prayer, God,
in the time I have found
with the words I have scrounged
and in faith that,
through your grace,
it is enough.
I am enough.

I offer this prayer in the knowledge that You . . .
You are abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine.
Praise be.
And Amen.

Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS.  You can find more of her prayers and other writings on her blog, Spacious Faith.

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