O Spirit of Life and Love, O Provider of Wisdom and its many gifts, we pause amidst the heaviness of this moment. Many are feeling overwhelmed and torn between numerous potential responses of which none of them provide comfort or clarity. People are scared, yet the fear that often materializes has multiple causes and catalysts. It would be nice if we could bundle it all, neatly packaging it and leaving it in its entirety somewhere well beyond the grasp of our imaginations. Yet because most of us don’t have such capacity, we turn to you and the Holy Breath sent forth from you. In a moment of quiet, let us feel that flood of life pour over us and into us. May it confirm that none of us are alone in this time, and the love you have is not thwarted by a pandemic or even an economic downturn. May sleepless nights and stressful days make space for you, Merciful and Generous God. Provide us space to name all that burdens us in this time, even when our thoughts are not yet fully formed or cohesive. In that naming and space-making, decisions that emerge shall include you and the generations of wisdom woven into the fabric of faith. This is only the beginning of our prayer, but beginning has always been the best place to begin… Amen.
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