May 21, 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.
Ascension Rising Christ, Couldn’t you stay just a bit longer? Couldn’t you teach us more about the scriptures? There is so much in this life that we still do not understand. Couldn’t you sit down to one more meal with us, keeping us company while we keep our distance from others? Couldn’t you tell us one more time about forgiveness — how it changes everything and sets us free? Couldn’t you hold off on sending the promised power? We want you here with us. We know you. We need you. Are you sure you want us, with all of our inadequacies, to be your witnesses? If indeed we must be your witnesses stay, and show us more of what you intend. Please stay. Why does it always feel like there is not enough time — like we should have known then what we know now and made different choices? …..
These are yesterday’s questions — even last night’s desperate requests. But in the light of today, in the most graceful way imaginable, you lift our doubts and longings and uncertainties and take them with you. We are unburdened and ready, just as you hoped. ….. If in the future the old ache creeps back in, as it invariably does, help us to once again embrace today’s final, miraculous gesture as we lift our faces to the stunning spring sky — you blessing us. Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift. Amen. By Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, Vermont District Superintendent Inspired by Luke 24.44-53, and referencing 2 Corinthians 9.15.