June 29, 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.
My heart is glad this morning, O God, I can’t stop praising your name on high, Since you call me your own, You have made my heavy yoke light, The green grass seems to be dancing with me, The birds too join with me as I sing songs of salvation. It is your calm presence, sufficient grace, and ardent love that brought light into the dark night of my soul, that upheld me and raised me up from my countless fallings, that reignited your calling within my heart to follow your footsteps, that taught me to empathize with the laugher and the mourner, that delivered a wretch like me from blindness and bondage, that grounded my soul with rest so that I may bear trials and persist through them. The love you give me brings glory to your name, Grant that I may proclaim and live by joy, May I seek to rest in your beauty, order, and abundance. Allow me to bear your yoke even through dark, difficult, and painful moments. For I now have an understanding of what you said to your followers, “Put on my yoke, and learn from me … My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light” Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, who offered me rest and “acted to set things right in this life of contradictions.” You granted me this new day, O Lord, So I will celebrate your presence, I will serve you with all my heart and mind, May you use the entirety of my being for your mighty will, And I will keep singing. Through all the tumult and the strife, I hear that music ringing It finds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing? By Rev. Taesung Kang, New Hampshire District Superintendent Psalm 145:8-14; Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30; Romans 7:15-25a The Faith We Sing # 2212 “My Life Flows On” (How Can I Keep From Singing)