Jan. 13, 2021
A daily prayer during this COVID-19 crisis
During these difficult days, Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar and the members of the Extended Cabinet 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.
When I was serving in the Troy Conference, one of my favorite hymns was frequently sung at the Commissioning/Ordination service. I would choke up and get goose bumps when we lifted our voices in song based on the above scripture. I would invite you to sing or prayerfully read verse 2 and the chorus of “Here I am, Lord,” found in The United Methodist Hymnal #593 before reading the prayer below.
Rev. Megan Stowe, Superintendent, Commonwealth West District
1 Samuel 3:1-20
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them,
Whom shall I send?
Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
Here I am, Lord.
Speak, for your servant is listening.
Although many do not recognize you, or listen for your voice,
Your lamp has not yet gone out.
Here I am, for you called me.
Even when it is tough to do the right thing,
I’m ready to do your will, for you are with me. Amen.