Feb. 25, 2021
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ, is sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
"For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith." Romans 4:13 Holy God, Do you really promise that we will inherit the world? What do you mean by entailing such a gift, such a weight, upon us? I was the executor of Aunt Joyce's estate, and I know that inheritances can be both blessings and burdens. I didn't treasure every nook and cranny of things in her house, but I did treasure the little box of buttons her mother had saved from her childhood dresses. What can it mean that from you we inherit a world, the world, this world, God? And what are we inheriting? Blessings and burdens. You entail this gift, this weight to us not through laws and contracts and wills, but through faith. We try to have faith in you, God. Do you have faith in us? Faith that in the nooks and crannies of the world, we can find the little boxes of treasure? Faith that in the messes we inherit (and create, and inherit, and create), we can find and make and nurture beauty and hope and future? We try to have faith in you, God. Do you have faith in us? Holy God, You promise that we will inherit the world. By faith. Remembering our genealogies and histories, re-membering our descendants, our futures, we accept what you give. By faith. Amen.
By Rev. Beth Quick (she/her/hers), PhD Student, Religion & Society