God, Hear Our Prayers
Those who have learned to love one another
have made their way to the lasting world
and will not leave
Earth maker, Pain bearer, Life giver,
Hear our prayers
Turn our hearts to you
Have mercy upon us
Pull us closer under your wing
Fill us with a renewed certainty and trust in Your holy presence
Meet us wherever we are in this fragile and yet sacred season
Boost our courage and imagination to face the unknown
The vulnerability is real.
We feel it poignantly in our bodies and in our spirits
We have indeed been humbled, slowed down, frightened
Uncomfortably awakened to the reality that we are not in control here
In the holy pause, help us rely on the invisible fibers of faith designed by You to hold us together in the uncertainty
Help us put You back in command at our heart’s center
Speak clear, deep, and gentle words of hope into our souls
So we would remember again who You are and what You have promised us.
We are never alone.
You have us, whatever happens.
You are in charge of our today and our tomorrow
The days of our lives are written securely upon Your heart
Your Plan is in motion, where ultimately all will come together for good
Love will prevail
Can we be brave and trust You?
Now we must dig deeper, trust love, and make room for grace to do its redemptive work in and all around us.
A Hopeful Amen.
Reflect on Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem of hope, God’s Grandeur