Look, I am truly out of nice words
and my ability to craft a lovely phrase flew out the window
somewhere with my 900th sigh about unvaccinated people
and the call for a third funeral in 15 days.

I believe that You are here and at work
and that I am surrounded by grace and that, yes, goodness and mercy are pursuing me.

These things are all true, but they do not erase the equal truth that
I’m exhausted.
I am the kind of tired that is beyond an edible treat,
a bath, or even a splurge.
In the present circumstances, there is not space to take time off or away.

I know this will not be forever, but right now my grief and my exhaustion fill my field of vision and they’re all I know.

My prayer, then, is- please be with everyone else who feels this way.
It’s awful and no one should experience this, perceiving themselves to be alone.

Amen. 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.


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One thought on “Friday Prayer

  1. Holy Smokes!! Thank you so much for this prayer…truly a healing balm for my soul in these minutes, hours, days and months. You know, for a long time, I thought I was doing well, but as this continues to drag on and on, I am not so sure…Thanks for the prayer and reminder that I am not alone and that we are in this together. Blessings to you Julia

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