Prayers for Pastors

When things don’t go as planned (a prayer for pastors and leaders)

When things don’t go as planned,
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayers.

8 snow days in a row,
Power out, trees down,
Patience wearing thin,
Lord, in your mercy,

Seriously.
Seriously.

Careful on the ice,
You don’t want to —
End up on crutches.
MRI on Monday.
Lord, in your mercy

Codes and regulations
Sometimes get in the way
Of mission, of outreach,
Of our very survival.
Lord, in your mercy,

At least within the church
We expect more, better,
A kinder reception,
A softer landing,
A better understanding
Of all that binds us together.
But whether it comes
On the windshield
Or via email
Or in a cold shoulder
At the grocery store,
Spiritual violence surprises
And shocks us.
May we never be so
Hardened we expect it.
Lord,
Lord,

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The ice on the snow is still with us, days later.

And yet,
In the midst of all that burdens us,
Like the poor trees weighed down by snow and ice,
We know you will not abandon us.

You are the Plow Driver who makes a way.
You are the Physician who heals our wounds.
You are the Judge whose rulings speak your love.

Help us to see you where we haven’t been looking,
To know you in the counsel offered by the wise,
In the shelter given by the strong,
And in the beloved community of the faithful.

Lord, in your abundant mercy,
Hear our prayers.

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