October 31, 2021
All Saints Sunday
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
Members of the New England Conference 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.
Weeping Jesus, Loving Jesus, How many times do we think we know better? How many times do our good intentions put impediments in front of your work? How many times are we more in the way than a giant stone hiding a miracle? We are trying to be faithful. We want to see the glory of God — Of course we do — But people we love are dying. Millions of people you love have died, And we are tempted to believe that you are no longer here with us. We are so tired of holding our breath and waiting. And then, Only when we have reached rock bottom, When all strength is gone, When we stop knowing better and trying so hard, You are. You are here … Not on this side of the stone But on the other side, Inside, in the darkness, Behind the cloth that masks their faces, As close as breath, Coming out into the light with the millions, Unbinding them, Setting them free, Saying to us in a loud voice: “Come and see.” Thank you, Weeping Jesus, Loving Jesus, For opening our eyes. In your light, in your strength, in your freedom, We find ours. Amen and Amen.
Inspired by John 11.32-44 By Rev. Jill Colley Robinson, Green Mountain District Superintendent