Dear God,
We have words of tradition,
asking you to watch other those who work, or watch or weep.
This prayer is for those who are waiting,
for those who are pacing,
for those who are frozen still,
for those who are having all the feelings,
and for those who are numb.

This is a prayer for those who wish
they were working or watching
perhaps even weeping,
but instead are waiting,
hovering in that space
before the outcome can be known,
before the results can be deciphered,
before what is needed has arrived.

This is a prayer that hopes for a blessing,
that asks for a blessing:
a blessing of peace,
a blessing of courage,
a blessing of patience,
a blessing of this next breath,
a blessing of love that can be experienced
even in the midst of it all.

Keep watch, dear Lord,
over those who work or watch or weep this day
over those who wait.
For your love’s sake.
Amen.


Jemma Allen is a priest of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and primarily expresses that vocation as a counsellor and spiritual director. The phrases related to working, watching and weeping are from a collect in the Book of Common Prayer used in the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition.


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