It has been an unexpected week, of which I may say more at a later time. It is at times like this that, for my own strength and deliverance, I rely on the ponderings and prayers of others.
On this All Saints Day remembrance, we turn to a prayer from Walter Brueggemann’s collection, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth.
Give us Appropriate Yielding
God of our mothers and fathers long gone and treasured,
God of our grandchildren yet to be and awaited,
God of our years, our days, and even of this moment:
Our lives are deeply rooted in miracles before us,
Our faith is richly set in courage running thick,
Our vocation is shaped by all those
Who have risked for your purposes.
And now, in our remembering, we are made mindful
Of our own place of call, and
Our own time of obedience.
We pray for ourselves and for your whole church,
Courage beyond our easier timidity,
Vision beyond our present tense,
Restlessness beyond our ready settlements, and
Yielding beyond our will to manage.
Give us appropriate yielding that we may be like our remembered ones in freedom and in love for you. We pray in the name of Jesus whom we remember until he comes again. Amen.
Campbell scholars, Isaiah 51:1-3; Hebrews 11:8-12, 17-22 / October 26, 2000
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat