Prayers for the Road I

Prayers for The Road
The Village Church 5-3-17

“The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man [sic] cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays

The Prayer

We’re on the road with you God
We know it
We want it
You make it
You bless it
We enjoy it – mostly!

We give thanks for the wonders of the road
the daily rhythms
the encounters
the love
the sensations
the delights

We hold before you the distresses of the road
the losses
the fears
the heartache
the brokenness
the suffering
the imbalances
the greed
the violence
the selfishness

that you meet us in these places is our blessing
that you call your world to freedom is our hope
and we pray into that hope today

We hold before you the unknown road ahead,
actually, you hold before us the unknown road ahead,
the mystery of tomorrow
the challenges
the opportunities
the imagination
the daring
the richness
and even that which will break our hearts

for you call from ahead
and meet us in the middle
you never load us with more than we can bear
and you promise life in its fullness

Thus with confidence we can make our prayers
in the name of you the maker, the teacher, and the prompter.  Amen

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