We have been in Germany a whole week. In fact, it has been a week and a day now. I’m still not sleeping well as my tiny children adjust their bodies to a time zone a whole ocean away.
These prayers reflect a bit of my exhaustion and the curious wonder of hearing familiar words again.
Waking Up to Praise Inspired by Psalm 92:1-4 O God, everything in my body and soul feels out of tune. I feel unprepared for what must be done. I don't really know how to greet this new day. But, O God, I am here. I am here with breath in my body and a heart pounding with hope so I praise you with my tapping foot and my fingers drumming on the side of my coffee mug. I praise you with readiness to find your rhythm and work growing in each step. O God, I am here and I praise your work again and again.
Prayer for the Scattered Inspired by Mark 4:26-34 We have been so scattered between what was and what could be. We have felt flung between what we remember and what we know could be better but we aren't quite so sure where to plant ourselves. We feel so small and so unprepared for the world that is to come. O God, help us to find roots in your endless grace. Amen.
I shared some other prayers in reflection of this Gospel Lesson last summer that may also inspire. It’s another version from another Gospel as the Revised Common Lectionary goes but perhaps it will be what you need.
That’s all I’ve got for you, dear pastor. As you prepare worship this week, please know that I am praying for you. I am praying for you so much.