Wilderness Roads

Jesus, dear Jesus,
we are not always certain of the road before us:
whether hope will meet us or hell will greet us,
whether strangers might guide us or friends might betray us,
whether your kingdom will dawn or the shadows lengthen for a while longer.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
on this wilderness road we long for direction:
for signs and symbols and secrets to guide our ways,
for wise company to love us and guard us against our fears,
for the curiosity to understand and the compassion for grace.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
the roads wind, the paths cross, the ways are full of obstacles:
hear the prayers of those who feel lost, those in grief, and those in crisis;
do not be unknown to those who are hungry, who are exiled, who are in danger;
humble our vanities & jealousies to make us good traveling companions.

Jesus, dear Jesus,
though the ways are long and the wilderness ever-changing,
no matter how far we roam or how uncertain we feel,
be our rock and our root, our center and our home.
Locate us always within your perfect love.

We pray, Jesus, in your name.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

I Shall Not Want

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our lives are renewed
for the living of these days,
for the loving of all peoples,
for the leaping gladness of praise.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our hearts are saved
for the laboring of mercy,
for the welcoming of peace,
for the shattering of injustice.

By your name and your power, O Christ,
our spirits are delighted
for the releasing of fear,
for the reviving of goodness,
for the restoring of faithfulness.

By your name and your power alone, O Christ.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

What Wondrous Love

What love you have for us, O Merciful One:
the sparrow chirrups faithfully and
the daffodil sprouts through snow,
joy greets us daily with the sunrise
and grace finds us every night.

What love you have for us, O Forgiving One:
that new visions reveal your relentless hope
though the world is overwrought with war,
that your foolishness surprises our hearts
when cynicism has corrupted our wonder.

What love you have for us, O Beautiful One:
trouble has yielded to delight and
miracles have greeted us in peace,
gladness has overflowed our hearts
and redemption knows our names.

What love you have for us, O Merciful One!

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Of One Heart and Soul

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart sharing hope,
one soul witnessing life,
one heart bearing grief,
one soul crying “Justice!”

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart bleeding in the street,
one soul drowning in the river,
one heart longing for freedom,
one soul searing from separation.

Of one heart and soul, make us:
one heart healing from death’s wounds,
one soul believing the impossible mystery,
one heart singing in courageous fellowship,
one soul committing to abundant life.

Of one heart and soul, make us, we pray —
our LORD and our God!

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Of First Importance (Easter Sunday)

Of first importance: Life, hallelujah!
Life beyond understanding,
life renewed despite death,
life growing and changing,
life outside of time & flesh,
life created in blessing — hallelujah!

Of first importance: Grace, hallelujah!
Grace unhindered by guilt,
grace multiplying with love,
grace to comfort our hearts,
grace with partiality to joy,
grace upon grace upon grace — hallelujah!

Of first importance: Witness, hallelujah!
Witness unafraid to see death,
witness welcoming a stranger,
witness in a name and a face,
witness remaining til the end,
witness telling a new story before it unfolds — hallelujah!

on 1 Corinthians 15:3a
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