A prayer inspired by the work of AMOS Health & Hope, FBC’s Nicaragua delegation, Isaiah 58, and the events of the week:
Our prayers feel sometimes like too much,
Sometimes not enough.
What can we say that gives thanks,
really, for the beauty of this world?
For the joy of connection
and the wonder of discovery
and the tenderness of friendship?
What can we say that acknowledges,
really, the pain of it all?
The sorrow of loss
and the bitterness of injustice
and the frustration of misunderstanding?
Not words, then.
What kind of silence can we keep
that holds space for us to breathe,
and remember, and honor each other?
What kind of work can we do
that comforts the afflicted,
challenges the powerful,
transforms the systems that oppress?
What kind of hope can we offer
that looks like light breaking forth?
How do we practice the fast you desire,
so that others might drink clean water, eat enough food?
You who create and call us, every day –
We open and offer ourselves to the love that you are.
Our prayer is for courage and compassion.
Our prayer is to live fully, and unafraid,
as your people, bringing your good news
to all the places our lives take us.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.