Hold us together, God, now in this hour when we need each other the most. Save us from self-preservation and accusation, and grow empathy and compassion among us, that, even when we can’t be with each other, we could really see each other, bearing each other’s burdens, carrying each other’s sorrows, sharing each other’s joys, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”Jesus … [Continue reading] about Removing the Yoke Before Receiving the Yoke
Empower me, O Lord, to be a node of compassion and connection today, a place where others feel safe and free to connect to their deepest feelings and desires, so we can together meet with you and repent and trust that you are holding all of us and … [Continue reading] about A Collect for Non-Anxious Presence
In John 16, Jesus makes some interesting connections between suffering, prayer, and joy. Here's a smattering of quotes from the passage: You will feel anguish, but your anguish will become joy... I shall see you again, and your heart shall … [Continue reading] about Your Anguish Will Become Joy
I've been reading in the Gospel of John during morning prayer this week, and I was struck by the story of the Greeks at the festival who want to see Jesus (John 12:20-36). Jesus' response seems like a bit of a non sequitur: "The hour has come for the … [Continue reading] about Walking the Way of the Cross