Oh God, come to my assistance;
Oh Lord, make haste to help me.
We come before you in our varied states:
May we claim and know the promise of Psalm 27:
The Lord is the Light and my salvation
God, these are frightening times:
With wars and rumors of wars--
Where refugees are shunned and
Racist violence is rampant--
While the powerful lie and mislead.
The Lord is the Light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
In times such as these our endurance fades:
The news is too much
The arguments are too much
Daily fighting for the humanity of our fellow travelers--and our very selves--to be recognized...
Is too much.
In those moments may we remember
The Lord is the Strength of my Life, whom shall I fear?
We don't know how the details will play out
But we do know how the story ends.
We do know how the story ends.
God, be with us in the struggle, as you've promised.
Be with us as we speak,
Be with us as we pray,
Be with us as we write,
Be with us in every breath.
May we sing it, claim it, and remember this day to
Wait on the Lord and be of Good Courage
Amen, and Amen.
Prayer submitted by Rev. Lori McPherson, Member of the Governance Committee, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.