Mystery beyond our knowing ...
Some of us call you God, Spirit, Presence, Holy ...
Most of us around the world don't know what to call you, or if you exist in a way that we can talk about or to you, anyway.
Nevertheless, we cry out ,,,
Because we need something ... we need you - the bigger-than-us.
We cry out as individuals,
We cry out as nations,
We cry out as those who have no voice ---
children, immigrants, asylum seekers, those whose abilities are limited by nature or society, elderly people whose decisions are made by others ...
We cry out, because we need something beyond ourselves,
and because we acknowledge that even we don't know what we need right now ,,,
Mystery, Holy, Whatever You are ... we need you.
We cry out for those feel homeless
We cry out for those in war-zones who are hiding to stay alive
We cry out for those who have only barely escaped drowning or ruin, and need breath to survive,
We cry out for those who abuse us; yet we still love them and don't know how to reckon all of that ... but we want and need to stay safe
We cry out for the voiceless who can't even formulate a prayer ...
... in this sense, we give thanks for Paul, who told us that when we cannot speak, "The Spirit Intercedes with sighs too deep for words" ...
thank you that when we are without words, you supply them, Great Mystery.
Right now, we pray for ourselves,
for our families that may or may not acknowledge us (or you),
for those who are dying,
for those who are caring for the hurt and dying,
for those who are inspiring the ones without confidence,
for those who are trying to make relationships work,
and for those who have the courage to leave the relationships that cannot work
in order to fulfill their calling and save their dignity.
for those that feel lost and unable to even state what they need.
Together, we offer ...
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. DR. KHARMA AMOS
Associate Director of MCC