Friday Prayer

Friday Prayer: Nonviolent Persistence

Holy Christ, Prince of Peace, Pioneer of our faith, img_1941

I find myself immersed in the words of Psalm 137.

Even though I do not wish actual harm on people or their children or their animals, I can feel the urge – lingering at the edges of the least-evolved, least-sanctified, least-formed parts of my reptilian brain.

I see those who are hurt, who are afraid, who grieve, who are rejected, who are caught in the trap of lives, who have been retaliated against… I cannot count them. Their emotions hit me like waves.

I hear the words of people who said “Chance… not her… won’t matter… economics… emails… alternative facts.” And I long to flip their tables, slap their hands, shriek until their ears bleed.

I am not overcome because I continue to put one foot in front of the other. I continue to resist, to persist, to intercede, to pray against, to lift a fist in solidarity and in peace…

And it is that last part that is exhausting.

How can a revolution be a revelation?

Help me to breathe. Help me to listen. Help me to lift up and build up. I don’t think I can yet let go of the urge to pray for pain and destruction, but I can ask for you to channel this for me. I have the burning. Open for me a way that needs this fire. Open a door that leads to this passion. Open a path that I can blaze, with others, behind you- toward truth, freedom, and life for all creation.

Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer:

During my husband’s first deployment to Iraq, I felt so swimg_2279amped by grief and fear that I would sometimes have to pull over to pray. I sought help for not making an idol of being terrified- giving it my attention, my energy, my time.

I frequently sang over and over, “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

I didn’t need the rest of the words, but just the reminder that there is a place to stand, a place of support, refuge, and strength. Everything else is sinking sand- a force that opposes God, waiting to draw me under despair.

God- help me to stand in the strongholds and keep my faith in them. Strengthen me in faith and wisdom and courage to resist the pull of sinking sand. Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: Faith of our Mothers

Holy Tamar, fierce and proud, pray for us to be strengthened in the fight for reproductive img_1941rights, freedoms, and safety for all.

Holy Shulamite woman, dark and beautiful, pray for us to be strengthened in the fight to support all women, their stories, and their truth.

Holy Abigail, quick and clever, pray for us to be strengthened in speaking truth to power and resisting leaders who grasp at what is not theirs.

Holy Miriam, loud and proud, pray for us to hear the song in our hearts and to proclaim it together, in concert and chorus with all creation.

Holy Gomer, shameless and blameless, pray for us to as we work to believe in the truth of the goodness of our creation, the power and gifts of our bodies, and the truth that we are loved and lovely.

Holy Mary, uncertain, yet willing, pray for us as we work in concert with your God to be part of how the mighty are cast down and the humble are uplifted.

Holy Lydia, economical and evangelical, pray for us as we seek to live and walk in the Way of Jesus and his love.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: I Beg

Oh, God-15109537_1585130414834339_2923384535829260439_n

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

In the midst of grief and fear, frustration and pain, despondency and despair,

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

 

As I continue to press that Black Lives Matter, that vaginas are not second-class reproductive organs, that LGBTQ people must have access to all human rights, that all children should be able to be educated close to their own neighborhood with the resources of all spread to all schools,

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

 

As I listen to spin, to lies, to twisted realities, to perspectives that I do not comprehend and that I cannot support,

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

 

When I hear others dare to use your name, or the name of Jesus, or reference the power of the Spirit for work and words that you would not own,

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

 

The time to walk in the Way of Christ has always been now. It was and it is and it shall be.

I beg you- do not let my heart become hardened.

 

Amen.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: A Word to Ponder

… Because imagining other possibilities for our liveswisdom-key-pic would remind us of the painful gap between who we most truly are and the role we play in the so-called real world. As we become more obsessed with succeeding or, at least, surviving in that world- we lose touch with our souls and disappear into our roles.        – Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness

Creator and lover of my soul,

Draw me out of myself, out of my fear, out of my pretending… and into you alone.

Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: The Mileage

Lord,

Who was it who said, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”

This has been a trip around the sun, like any other. And, yet, the mileage accrued on this img_1105trip has taken a toll. Brakes pumped. Extensive acceleration in hopes of changing course or arriving just in time. Spark plugs misfiring. Starters giving out.

The overhaul was not in our emotional budget and yet some paid dearly for the work that was done.

My own seat sags and doesn’t have the support and cushion it once did, but I can’t complain because I see others hanging on or sitting on the exposed springs and framework of that which guards their life.

It wasn’t the year. It was the mileage.

I am not sure how to pray, so I offer to you each mile, each turn, each sprocket and pipe, the clicks and pings, the journey, the journey, the journey- it is all within you, belongs to you, comes from you.

Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: Making a List

For those whose infants are in the NICU, we pray…img_1941

For those who need dialysis, we pray…

For families who hope to hear from the one wandering, we pray…

For those on deployment, we pray…

For those celebrating in secret, we pray…

For those who have decided to speak their truth, we pray…

For those whose work continues without respite, we pray…

For shift workers who must cover this weekend and all others, we pray…

For preachers torn between sermons of grief and sermons of joy, we pray…

For families who make the switch off between houses, we pray…

For children who try to be invisible during the fights, we pray…

For those who wrestle with addictions, we pray…

For those crouching in ruins in Aleppo, we pray…

For those who will go to shelters to feed dogs and cats, we pray…

For the animals whose lives are lived in feedlots and enclosures, we pray…

For those who are rightfully afraid of political changes, we pray…

For those who attend the dying, we pray…

For families who cannot make decisions about elder care, we pray…

For introverts- already tired by anticipating interactions, we pray…

For extroverts- who worry about going too far, we pray…

For those who are moving and have deadlines, we pray…

For those who sleep in the cold, we pray…

 

For these and all others, Lord, we pray…

Have mercy. Have mercy. Have mercy.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: I’m Out of Words

Look, Lord, steps

I’m out of words. Wiped clean of nice phrases.

Exhausted from shouting and pleading.

I put one foot in front of the other. Barely. Slowly.

Let it be enough.

Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: Yearning

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. – Psalm 72:4

God in heaven, what would this look like?

You withstood David’s murder of Uriah and his adulterous tendencies, allowing the img_7470defenseless Bathsheba not only to be raped, but to experience the death of her child.

You allowed Solomon to conscript his own people for the building of the temple- a building meant to honor you, but raised on the backs of people with choices take away.

Constantine was permitted to use your name and your story for the shaping of his own plans and expectations, forever altering how those who follow you would be viewed- within and without the Way of Christ.

So many have hung their harps on the willows, unable to sing your songs.

So many have screamed to the winds for you to dash the descendants of their enemies against the rocks.

So many have wept and wept and waited for joy in the morning that did not come.

Can you not feel the yearning of your creation? Do you not feel our strain and grief for healing and resolution and all that you have promised?

“How long, O Lord” is too stale a question now? We peer into the depths out of which we cry, listening to our own echoes, and wonder if you are there are at all? If you are planning to act ever? If you have forgotten your covenants, your end of all the bargains, your own character?

I yearn not to be your defense lawyer, your apologist, your witness.

I long to be overwhelmed by your power, your action, your holy fury.

Lord, hear our prayer.

And in your mercy, answer us.


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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Friday Prayer: Help Me to Do What is Right

When the Christ surprises us all and comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he img_1941will sit on the throne of his glory.  

All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 

Then He will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by having done what was right- guided by the Creator and the Spirit, inherit the kin-dom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 

for I was Muslim and you welcomed me,

I was a refugee and you sheltered me,

I was a stranger and you offered me a place at your table, 

I was forced to be counted and you stood to be counted with me,

I am black  and you said my life matters,

I was LGBTQ and you performed my wedding.’ 

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you Muslim, black, a stranger, a refugee, LGBTQ, Jewish, or a stranger and welcome you? And the King of all Souls will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 

May it be so for me and for you.

Amen.

 


The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Lutheran Church of Hope in Anchorage, AK. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit. 


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