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Daily Prayer

Monday, August 2, 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.

Today's Prayer

(Based on I Kings 19:4-8 and Psalm 130)

Gracious and Holy God, I hear the words of the Psalmist, “Out of the depths I cry to thee” And I feel a wave of gratitude, That this person so long ago, gave voice To my own yearning, And to my own lowliness of spirit. In those wilderness times of our lives, When we would carry our harshest despair And stash it under some desert shrub, (even as Elijah did) When we have had enough, When in the depth of our hardest days, In our quarantine loneliness, Our stalled lives, Our tattered patience, Our weathered hopes. When we call to you, May we remember that we are not the first to pass through a time That later we will call our “wilderness way”, A time Of uncertainty, Of hardship, Of desolation. May we recall the words, “Out of the depth we cry to you.” May we pray them again. And even as we shake the universe with our sobs, May we remember the words that follow. When we wait and hope, And wait and watch, May we find indeed that, “With the Lord there is steadfast love.” With Elijah, may we hear the soft words of the angels, Giving us food, That nourishes us for the road ahead, And for any trials that may come. It is with this hope that we offer our prayers in Jesus’ name. Rev. Avis Hoyt-O’Connor, Montgomery Hospice Staff Chaplain, Montgomery County, MD(Extension Ministry); Green Mountain District

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