NIGHT PRAYER: Friday 1/8

This evening, Lord, I hold in prayer
   all the folks who gather each night
      by the light of my virtual candle...
I don't know how many we are,
I don't know everyone's name,
but of this I'm sure:
   we're here, together,  
      in a holy communion of prayer,
   needing to share what troubles our souls
      and keeps us awake at night;
   seeking the words to give a voice
      to what weighs on our minds, in our hearts
   we're grateful for others who understand,
      who share one faith, who trust in you...
What we share makes a chapel
   of all that we pray and offer:
our laptops, tablets and phones are the pews
   where we gather in silence
'til it's time to click "play"
   and offer our evening hymn...

For this time, this place and this people,
   for this prayer we offer together,
I give you thanks and praise, Lord,
   you who wait without fail every evening
to welcome us into your presence,
   to hear and answer our prayer...

Protect us, Lord, while we're gathered in prayer
   and watch over us while we sleep
that awake, we might keep watch with you
   and asleep, rest in your peace...




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