Nov. 2, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Boston University School of Theology 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.
Psalm 78:1-7 / Matthew 25:1-13 Gracious God, On this day, I seek wisdom. Wherever my strivings and struggles lead me, may I find comfort in the transcendent power of your teachings made known in the sacred text and through the words and deeds of my ancestors. As an heir to the Christian way, a faith that honors submission to your will, I ask that you help me channel your presence at every moment of the day. It’s true, sometimes I stray from the narrow road. Before I wander too far, O God, send me a sign leading back to the ground you’ve paved for me. Remind me of my essence, that I am your child made in your image, conceived to do good in the world. When I begin to doubt, I ask that you remind me of the qualities that make me special, the things that distinguish me from all of creation. And as I actualize my potential, may I never forget that there is no greater fulfillment than being united with all of creation. And this is why I seek wisdom on this day — to learn to handle life’s great riddles with heavenly dexterity, to navigate the midnight hour with enough oil to keep the lantern ablaze, to discern where I ought to be at the time of your anticipated yet unexpected arrival. This, I pray, with the hope and love and endurance of Jesus the Christ, for my weathered soul, the precious souls of the living, and posterity. And so it is. Amen. Andrew Kimble, Assistant Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Boston University School of Theology; licensed minister, African Methodist Episcopal Church.