June 19, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet are 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.
Good morning God! I long to make this day the longest day in you. My prayer is that my living brings your love into the world. Let me be wide awake today and ready. In all of my choices, let them be love-offering and life-giving. To be this way … I’ll need to unburden myself of some stuff. I may have to leave something behind – let it go – maybe even something dear. It takes some holy searching for sure because… I’ve discovered that I was born on 2nd base and thought I hit a double. I can’t even see all the stuff I’m carrying around – it blends right into my day to day. An old attitude, fear, biases, myths, the handles of my bootstraps… Familiar handholds that feel comfortable and safe to me, But that are slippery and dangerous in your kin-dom.
I repent. In all my liberal progressive understanding, my traditional conservative understanding, global understanding, patriotic understanding, personal understanding, educated understanding, “have to put food on the table” understanding, (fill-in blank) understanding and complicity, I repent. Holy One, stay with us in this reckoning. Let us be wide awake today. We’re going to peel away the layers that keep us from revealing you. Nothing between us and you. Another’s hunger is my hunger. Another’s inability to breathe is my inability to breathe. We will listen, lean in, act, speak up, and… Love. We will unlearn, learn, discover, grow, and… Love. We will tear down what must be torn down, and build up what must be built, and… Love. We will speak up and advocate, and pray for demonstrators and for those who are afraid and frozen, and … Love. We will lift each other’s bootstraps. We will get to know each other. In love with you, and our sisters and brothers – every single one of us made in your image – no exceptions, We will – at last – be liberated for full life in you. Amen.
By Rev. Ted Crass, president, United Methodist Foundation of New Engalnd Inspiration: Psalm 86.1-10, Matthew 10.38-39, Jacqui Lewis