O God who is with us as we wait, as we sit with anxious thoughts, and live with unknowns, let us breathe your calming Spirit, let us grow in our capacity to trust, let us draw near to you at this time, so we may step out in faith and turn our waiting into a dynamic response. Amen.
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.
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.
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.