Image of two elephants with tusks, touching trunks amidst green bushes.
Faithful and steadfast God,
How grateful we are for your memory.
You always remember us:
      in our busy forgetfulness
      in our absentmindedness 
      when we don't remember
      and when our memory becomes unreliable
Always and everywhere,
You remember us.

Thank you for your presence
      in the empty moments
      in the depths of grief
      when confusion envelops us
      when we feel broken beyond repair
In every minute of every day,
You are present.

Hear our gratitude for this day
      for the blessings it holds (those we notice and those we don't)
      for the joy-filled recognition of you
      for tears shed on behalf of another
      for shared laughter
      for the sound of rain
      for the warmth of the sun
We are grateful for the gift of Creation.

Holy One,
    you wait for us 
    in every moment 
    of every day
    you wait for us
    to recognize you
    in ourselves
    in our neighbors
    in Creation
    and to know
    we are yours
    we are beloved.
You wait.
You remember.
Even when we forget.

Hear our gratitude 
for your remembering
for your love
for every thing.


Photo: CC0image by Oliver D

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is an author and the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. You can find links to her blog, video series, and books at

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