When I don’t know the way, lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord, When I don’t know the way, lead me, Lord. When I don’t know the way or when I’ve gone astray, God, guide me, I do pray, let me walk in your ways. God, guide me, I do pray in your ways. This prayer can be sung to the tune WONDROUS LOVE.
A prayer after reading Luke 3:1-6 O God, you are a dynamic God, You call us to a dynamic response. You call us to prepare a way. You call us to partner with you, So we might further your restorative work in this world And see positive change continue to unfold in new and meaningful ways. God, you call us. Help us heed that call. May we be open to your inspiration, responsive to your direction, active participants in your movement of love, peace, justice, and healing. May we prepare the way of the Lord. Amen.
I once learned to pray with my hands clasped, Head bowed, feet on the floor, feeling grounded, connected to the abiding presence of God. I also learned to open my hands, To open my eyes, and to open myself, To the Spirit of God all around me. And still, I learned another way to pray, To assume a posture of compassion and solidarity, And to stretch out my arms in service to others. I commit myself again to living out this Trinitarian prayer: To be rooted in the love of my Maker, Open to the Spirit all around me, And to be compassionate and in solidarity with others like my servant Lord.
compassion, creation, dancing, forever, God, goodness, hardship, healing, hope, humankind, Joy, kindness, light, Lord, love, lure, nonviolence, pain, pathway, peace, PICARDY, prayer, sacred, singing, souls, Spirit, wishes, world, wounds
This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh (PICARDY) Let all weary souls find a pathway To a place where hope endures Not a path toward fleeting wishes But toward a persisting lure Drawn to goodness dancing in the dark and dim Hope and Guiding Light shine again. Let all humankind find compassion— Healing hate’s deep festering wounds, Walking in the paths of nonviolence, Standing for what’s sacred and good. Hear our prayer, O Lord, revive us for the task To live out your peace in this world. Let all God’s creation together Join in a most joyous refrain Singing of the goodness that’s rising Singing amidst hardship and pain Good and gracious God, supply us with the tone. Let us make your Spirit known. Let us all find loving kindness And pursue compassionate ways Giv’n to us by our Holy Maker Born in us again and again. God’s enduring love for us will never fade God with us forever, always.
Let all humankind find compassion— Healing hate’s deep festering wounds, Walking in the paths of nonviolence, Standing for what’s sacred and good. Hear our prayer, O Lord, revive us for the task To live out your peace in this world. This meditation can be sung to the tune of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (PICARDY)
Deep within, below the surface
Extending beyond the world that is seen
People voice their aches and troubles
Repenting, lamenting, and praying to God
O God, hear the prayers of these struggling people
Fill them with that which renews and restores
Unending grace and continuous mercy bring them
Nearer to you when they dwell in the depths
Depths from whence the psalmist once sang
“I cry to you. O Lord, hear my voice.”
Spirit of God, I pray that prayer too.
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam.