Monday, June 8, 2009
Image: George Mendoza
Memorial Day Prayer
Good morning, good God!
I'm powerless this Monday morning, Lord,
just plain powerless..
I'm powerless over my friend's wait for a transplant,
powerless over the days becoming weeks becoming
months becoming years of waiting for a call
that does not come...
So I offer you my powerlessness
over my friend's need, Lord,
and I join my prayer to hers
that you will be powerful
where we are weak...
I'm powerless, Lord, over peoples' grieving
the abuse of innocent children
and the closing of cherished churches
and I'm powerless over wounds
that have not healed...
So I offer you my powerlessness, Lord,
over my peoples' pain
and the anger they've not let go
and I join my prayer to theirs
that your power will bring healing
where healing is slow to come...
I'm powerless, Lord, over peoples' plates
already piled high with fears and disappointments,
anxieties and worry,
and I'm powerless over the long days and nights
that only add to the burdens they already bear...,
So, I offer you my powerlessness
over greater and lesser shares of life's troubles
and I join my prayer with the wearied
that you will bring rest and peace for those
bent low, weighted by their waiting...
I'm powerless, Lord,
over questions I cannot answer,
problems I cannot solve,
pain I cannot relieve,
concerns beyond my reach...
So, I offer you my powerlessness, Lord,
and pray for truth and the courage to speak it,
for wisdom and gentleness to share it,
and for a healing touch when it is mine to offer...
I'm powerless over much, Lord,
but not over everything
and so I ask you to help me know what I can do
as well as I know what I cannot do -
and give me the power to do what I can...
Good God of Monday mornings
and of every day this week,
show your power to your people
help us find our strength in you...
Posted by Austin Fleming at 5:00 AM