Lord, we come before you today as we begin another week. Some of us have had a huge weight lifted from our shoulders. But Lord our hearts are still heavy, our hope flame is still sputtering, our motivation is absent because it feels like what we do maybe doesn’t matter anyway.

Lord, I had other ideas for this prayer, and yet my mind is yanked back and my face turned again and again to the Amos reading where Amos says: Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an overflowing stream.

Photo Credit: Alicia Hager

Lord, lead us all to that water. Lead us to the place where we can no longer stand on the banks but are compelled to wade in.

Sweep us up then, in your justice and your mercy.

Drench us, soak us, and toss us at last on the dry shore, gasping and wet and absolutely sure once more of who we are – of who you are.

Send your spirit once more as you did at our baptisms, carve into our foreheads and graft into our hearts yourself.

Send us forth then renewed, willing to love, open to the world, empowered through the power of your love to lead others to that shore, to that riverbank, to hold their hands and tell them that all they are losing is themselves, but what they are gaining is you.

Lord give us courage, give us hope, give us humor and give us comfort as we begin again.

Amen.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a Postulant to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at astrawberrypointe.wordpress.com.


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