I didn’t realize how long I’ve been silent. I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the news out there and the challenges (health-wise) to my family. I’ve also gone quiet (as I sometimes do) because there’s a hermit’s instinct in me that occasionally takes over.
I don’t have to say it — we all know it — but I’ll say it anyway: these are emotionally exhausting, difficult and trying times for everyone all around the world. Here at home in America we’re being hit with a “perfect storm” of triple crises, and I constantly wonder, how much can I add to the relentless efforts of the best journalists to tell us the truths we need to hear and to encourage us to endure patiently and to act faithfully? I’ve been discouraged, praying for God daily to save our nation and restore us after all this, purged and renewed, “a more perfect union.” But I’ve also lately been thrilled to sense that some sea-tide is turning in our national life; my hope is quickened, my heart lifted.
I thought I’d share with you today my prayer (which is pretty much what I ask for every day, though with different nuances as they come to me):
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today the nourishment we need, the Bread of Life, for body and soul.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who’ve transgressed against us. Forgive, and send your Spirit to help us amend our lives.
Do not lead us into times of trial, nor let us fall into temptation, but rescue us. Rescue us from the evil that lurks within and the evil that assaults from without.
Rescue our nation from the greed, corruption, cowardice, willful blindness, and power-lust that have beset us so strongly, and re-form us into the nation we aspire to be. Bring forth justice and peace in our day.
Good and gracious Lord, deliver us all from anxiety and distress. Bless with your consoling grace those who languish in pain or suffer from disease, hunger, oppression, loneliness, or despair. In your merciful love, bless the dying and comfort the bereaved.
Help us to see clearly as we look on one another, and keep our eyes open to your presence among us. May we honor you in all that we do. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours and yours alone, now and forever. Amen.