February 24, 2020
Prayer for the Week: Holy Spirit – friend of humanity and source of power for the church – we speak of you often, including in our songs and prayers. But how often do we relinquish our self unto you? How often do we allow your flame to burn away what is not of you but has become a part of us? How often do we allow you to take us where common sense has no interest in going? Holy and Loving Spirit, you hear our sighs that are too deeply subjective for words, and in our grappling for language, you reveal your presence that is a language unto its self. Affirm us, not for a quiet and content life. Affirm us with the relentless and reckless love of Jesus, and with the confidence of that love, lead us wherever you need us to be – to the lonely, the lost, the forgotten, the stranger, the injured, the stressed. So many people in this world have stories we will not understand, yet it is not our task to judge. You have called us, Holy Spirit, to love as Jesus loved. Even when those around us are disparaging with their words and hateful with their actions, provide us the strength to offer an alternative vision – a vision that represents everything we have seen in Jesus. We make these prayerful requests with the belief that a deeper connection with you allows for the improbable to be possible. Amen.