I remember the last time this passage from Job popped up in the Revised Common Lectionary. I remember thinking that the whirlwind was how I felt then. I wish I didn’t still feel that now.
Still, I went looking for that prayer. You can find the original here paired with another bit from the Gospel of Mark. I’ve adapted it here for this week’s lections. I’m sharing it with another from Transfiguration Sunday earlier this year which I really didn’t adapt at all. I like it just as it is even if it doesn’t quite fit.
I remember too what it felt like to write these words and imagine the space at home that we were all were before in-person worship became a possibility. It isn’t for all of us still and so this prayer still speaks to the hope some of us carry in the same four walls we have spent so much time in the past two years. (Is it two years yet?! My my.)
Call to Worship Inspired by 2 Kings 2:1-12 Stay here. It has been a whirlwind of confusion and wonder but you are here. You are right here in this place where nothing and everything will happen. Stay here. Right here in this very room where life has unfolded is now where God will be. God was always here. God never left. God has always been right here with you. You have wanted to wander. You have wanted to be anywhere but here but stay. Here we will be great. Stay and find God is here again. A Prayer for the Whirlwind Inspired by Mark 10:35-45 and Job 38:1-11 O God, it has been a whirlwind. We have felt caught up in the storm of change. We thought the surge had calmed only to be hit by another front. We thought glory would come but it has not and we are so impatient. O God, we really thought there was nothing we couldn't do and maybe we only needed to ask you for help but we were wrong. We are learning so much about our limitations. We thought we had the wisdom we needed but never really understood how much we needed you to lay the foundations for what will come. O God, remind us again what it means to be a servant to your hope. Stretch your hand out to us again and encourage us to choose your wisdom over our own. Help us to rely on your grace more than our own counsel. May every one of our questions and doubts lead back to your good grace. Amen.
That’s all I’ve got for this particular Sunday but I am faithfully working on a round-up of Advent and Christmas ideas to be shared in News from My Kitchen that will be further delayed because o of the amazing things that Jo Owens of Vibrant Church Communications and I are cooking up for Advent. It’s also why you’re seeing edited prayers rather than new ones. I took on a few too many projects right now. Oops. It’s good though. It’s good to have things to share in and people to good people to ponder big ideas with. I am grateful.
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I am praying for you, dear pastors, liturgists and musicians. I’m praying for you so much.