June 27, 2021
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity of the New England Conference 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.
Incarnate, multitasking Jesus, you know that most of us are not hardwired to pay attentioneffectively to more than one thing at a time. And yet, there are so many concerns pressing in on us, so many situations begging for our attention, so many people crowding around us, so many real needs, authentic losses, faithful requests. How did you do it? How did you discern and prioritize? How did release the desire to control? How did you stay present? How did you keep from having power taken from you to the point of compromising depletion? How did you live day in and day out as the essential worker for all time, all people? Caught up in our own frenzied lives, we prayerfully ask how you did it, and in our asking we join the throngs in placing yet another demand on you. Forgive us. Help us to read between the frantic lines of pressing, begging, pleading, crowding, suffering, dying, in your story, and to remember we are hardwired to row the boat for each other, to give our full attention to all people, one person at a time — even those we meet along the way to something else, to learn another’s name and listen to their truth, to forgive and affirm one another whenever possible, as soon as possible, to stay the course when others interrupt, doubt, mock, or misunderstand, to bring a few trusted friends with us for the really hard jobs, to hold confidence when it is for the sake of life, to feed those who have suffered, and to believe that there is a power greater than ourselves at work when what is hoped for remains elusive. Incarnate, multitasking Jesus, when we are faithful and fearful, you make us well. We get up. You go in peace with us and give us to one another. We are amazed. There is enough. Thanks be to God. There is enough. Amen.
Jill Colley Robinson, Green Mountain District Superintendent Inspired by Mark 5.21-43