God of love and faithfulness,
We are no longer our own, but yours. Put us with what you will, rank us with whom you will; put us to doing, put us to suffering; let us be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let us be full, let us be empty; let us have all things, let us have nothing; we freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. Amen.
Scottish Church's Book of Common Order.
Breath Prayer “let us be full” “let us be empty”
Was it that long ago that we were packing our bags and setting out on this Lenten journey? Hours into days and days into weeks, and now as we are turning our hearts to Jerusalem, it’s important that we stop long enough to look and see where we’ve been.
I invite you to ask someone to read aloud with you this prayer we began with back on March 6th. Remember? Do the words sound the same, feel the same as they did at the beginning of this season? What words are alive differently for you now? Has there been any shifts in you? And if so are you able to identify them? Lean into them? Celebrate them?
“We freely yield…” now as we look back on these past weeks may these words come alive anew in us and may our lives be a reflection of all that we have been given to us along the way.
Prayer: God of love and faithfulness, you have led us this far on the way. We know now that we cannot turn back, because you are the Source of who we are and who we are becoming. Take our lives, this day ~ we freely yield them to you and to what is next for us all. We pray we humble and loving hearts, Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.