Prayers for Pastors

This still life (a prayer for New Year's Day)

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4

On my desk, where I wrestle with your word,
week in and week out,
–year in today–
sits a new journal,
and beside it,
this still life:
coffee,
a Christmas present coaster,
a mug of pens,
and on top of the printer
a stack of things I put aside,
precarious,
until the new year,
until today.

So much is unwritten,
each of us so small in the greater scheme of your creation.
(I am so small.)

Who are we that you pay attention to us?

I can only trust that it is true,
and keep paying attention to you,
this new year, every new day.


Cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals.

Prayers for Pastors

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My God
When we read the news
Morning or night
There is
Always more

More cruelty
More devastation
More prejudice
More suffering

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My God
We wonder where to start
How to keep going

Listen to Jesus
And it is clear

By speaking truth
Gathering strength
Sharing resources
Offering comfort and
Outrage as needed

Always more

You give us what we need

Mind and heart
Body and spirit
To get the work done
To get the word out

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No one can do it alone
We thank you for community
For catalysts and cohorts
For our connection in you

For Christ
Who is
Always more

Prayers for Pastors

To raise holy hell

To raise holy hellHoly One

You give us strength
To face oppressors
To fight injustice
To bear misunderstanding
To bring peace

To resist evil

You make us ready
To comfort the suffering
To encourage the humble
To call out the hypocrites
To equip the saints

To unsettle the satisfied

You call on us
To walk our talk
To sing Your song
To shout down evil
To take a knee

To raise holy hell

May we rise up
To the tasks set
When they are hard
And necessary
Unpopular and
Revolutionary

In the name of Jesus

Amen