God, help me find your rhythm in the irregularities of life. Let me find your steady beat In the strange. Free my mind and soul to ride The sound waves of your call. And give me the grace to improvise.
A crowd singing together, A smile shared between strangers, A team parading in victory, Laughter shared among friends, Good news spreading far and wide Gratitude too great to be contained… Joy needs companions to reach its full potential. Joy flourishes in the context of community. God, you call us to be a community Where the good news spreads and joy flourishes. As we draw nearer to Christmas, help us live into that call.
A prayer after reading Luke 1:26-38 O Spirit of God, present and more astute than the obsessive mind of my fear, once again you remind me that I need not be afraid. I need not let fear stifle my passion, my drive or eagerness to do something good. And so, O God, I boldly ask you to guide me beyond my fear and into incredibly promising territory, so I may be faithful to your call and proceed in the direction of positive change. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Trees in the Wind Strong winds make their entrance, and Who listens but the trees? They know just where the wind travels And how to move along. When others are resisting, Fighting and feeling the blow, The trees embrace the moving force. In a dynamic dance, they respond. When inspiration makes an entrance, Who listens to its song? Who follows the Creative Spirit? Who embraces and responds? Not those who live in fear, I’d say, Nor those who shut out the Divine; But those who choose to hear the call And like trees in the wind, respond.
Let us listen to your voice within us O God, help us hear your call, and Value the wisdom in that still small voice, which Expresses your desire for us Let us respond to your prompting guidance Only saying yes in response to your call to Value others as we value ourselves— Expressing your love through it all Let us rejoice in the work of your Spirit Offering praise to you, O God, and Voicing our sincerest expressions of thanks Every day and always. Amen.
A prayerful response to Isaiah 40: 28-31
Eternal God, you do not tire in the work of generating and sustaining life. Neither do you grow weary or impatient. But God, you know that we do. “Even youths will faint and be weary…” when work builds up, and rest takes a backseat, when our health is compromised, and family concerns arise, when our minds are on overload, and when the efforts for justice and reconciliation seem oh so ineffective. We tire, grow weary and impatient, God; and, waiting seems like an insurmountable feat. “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,” and so we strive to wait. With your Spirit, O God, help us wait, so we “shall run and not be weary” as we respond to your call and do your work in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. *Quotations from verses 30 and 31, NRSV.