Gracious and merciful God, you summon us when we are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and then you promise rest. But there are days when we are waiting for healing and redemption, when the Spirit groans alongside us, and we don’t know how to pray. We can’t find the words, and yet we hold on to your promise of rest. We’ve been wounded by the words and actions of others, and our voices fall silent. And yet by your mercy and grace, we find that praise bursts from our throats. Through your sustaining grace, shape us into safe communities who love each one that seeks refuge and rest. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Scripture Readings (Common English Bible)
- Sunday: Psalm 77
- Monday: Psalm 80
- Tuesday: Psalm 85
- Wednesday: Psalm 12
- Thursday: Psalm 25:1-2; 16-21
- Friday: Psalm 31:1-5; 9-16
- Saturday: Psalm 86:1-4; 14-17
With those affected by legislated horror because of their gender identity or sexual orientation;
With those who lament inability to serve a church as a pastor because of whom they love;
With people of color who face micro-and-macro aggressions day in and day out;
With those who lament their decision to cross into this country because of our unjust migrant-detention policies;
With those who face threats and acts of violence because of gender, class, and race;
With the parents and children of those killed because of senseless violence.
We know always that God goes with us through the presence of the Spirit. May our weary hearts and our burdened souls find rest, and may we offer safety and love in all our words and actions.