I feel an invitation to write prayers that express more fully what God is doing in me and around me. I hope this will give me the chance to speak to God in truth and vulnerability. And so in the coming posts, I will be sharing with you my prayers. In doing so, I pray that my prayers can become yours – that you may, in some way, connect with them, and find a moment of peace in a world that is in such unrest. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 NRSV) The peace of Christ be with you all.
I seek home.
I seek the familiar.
There are moments when I feel so alone.
(How often I find myself relying on ‘and yet…’.)
And yet You offer yourself again and again.
You invite me to find home,
Not in a house, not in a certain location,
But in Your heart. In Your life.
An invitation that seeks to bring me out of myself.
An invitation that seeks to unify me,
With all my failures, my misguided decisions, my falls
My successes, my joys –
You wish to be with me and me with you.
Lord, when you feel so far away,
When I feel so alone and without mooring,
Remind me, yet again,
That You are here
On my left and on my right.
And I am home.
Thank you for Your invitation, God,
And here is my RSVP.
It is me, here, now, in this moment.
(Romans 8:35, 37-39 MSG) Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins…. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.