July 17, 2020
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, members of the Commonwealth West District of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week.
You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
Today's PrayerBased on: Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24
Oh my God. You know me too well.
I often wish you didn’t.
I arise on a golden pristine sunrise blessed summer morning
and tremble. Because of what the day ahead may bring.
Before my sleep cluttered and dream filled brain awakens…
Before I offer “good morning” to my beloved family…
You know…you know… (I wish you didn’t know.)
what I am internalizing. (trepidation.) (uncertainty.)
However, you somehow still…still...still
Turn my anxious thoughts to familiar prayers
and scripture and the comforting forever words
I have come to rely…depend on for strength in these day.
In awe I marvel at the mighty miraculous power of your love
And your amazing faith in me.
Who are you?
I wonder… I confess. At times.
I wonder as a helpess uncertain (at times) woman…
Why you stay eternally with me
Through the magnifcent joys of my life.
And still …still…still eternally beside me
When the pit in my stomach tightens with apprehension.
This world is too much…way too much,
incredibly sometimes, despairingly with me.
Yet, I see and hear the boundless energy of the ocean…
And the little birds, your creations, at our feeders.
And I know your eye is on the sparrow who flies free.
So here I come. My face masked and my eyes searching
for your welcoming smile and listening for “it is well”
Oh my God my God…my saving grace.
You do know me. Oh how you love even me.
I am being tested. Only you know for what reason.
I am tested sometimes beyond what I believe I can handle.
Forgive my doubts, my fears, my tears for the world.
Lead me lord. Lead me in …and to, your righteousness.
In you, I have to, must, and desire to
Put my trust, my shaking hands…
Karen Marie Pechonis, Alternate Lay Member of Annual Conference, Blackstone Valley UMC in Whitinsville, MA; Commonwealth West District