God gave us a gift of wisdom, and we made it a burden and a curse. God gave us peaceful living in community, and we chose the way of alienation and selfishness. God offered us life and life abundant, and we invented economies of scarcity.
~ Prayer of Confession (and Assurance of Grace below) from worship at NDPC Feb 2014
Breath Prayer: “teach us” “to pray”
In this Holy Week we remember our story in God’s greater one. Somehow these days often feel longer, drawn out. With each step we are mindful of the steps of Jesus growing more and more precious. We feel in our hearts and guts his days and hours numbered now. In these days it is as though a part of us is there, with the others who companioned him, we are recognizing that what has been started cannot, will not be stopped.
In these days, may we be intentional with our participation in the brokenness of our lives, and our world. We are not in the audience, merely watching some great drama unfold. We are living this one, precious life, one action at a time. We have been given gifts and graces. We have been given a community in which to participate. We have been given a good and gracious plenty.
We have been given this day.
Prayer: The grace poured out in the life of Christ is never ending. Teach us this day to believe the good news of the gospel: in Christ, we are forgiven, loved and freed. Amen.
Working as a Hospice Chaplain, 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.