Morning Prayer, January 13

God in these moments, in this hour, in our midst, we ask that you not just be in our worship, that you not just guide our hearts and our minds, but that our presence be consumed by you.  That our hearts and our minds would be consumed into you.

May we pause to breathe in your very breath.

As we breathe in anxiety and worry, may we breathe out your peace and calm.

As we breathe in sickness and exhaustion, may we breathe out your healing and rest.

 As we breathe in busy-ness and constant movement, may we breathe out your Sabbath Pause.

As we breathe in fixations on retribution and thoughts of getting even, may we breathe out your forgiveness and justice.

As we breathe in jealousy and comparison, may we breathe out your grace and your acceptance.

As we breathe in pettiness and childish ways, may we breathe out your perspective and your kind of love.

As we breathe in our own complicity and complacency, may we breathe out your subversive grace and your compassionate action.

As we breathe in shifting screens and images and icons and moving pictures, may we breathe out your stillness.

As we breathe in our own sense of urgency and immediacy and impatience, may we breathe out your perfect timing and your perfect will.

As we breathe in thoughts of our own desires, and needs, may we breathe out your satisfaction and your contentment.

As we breathe in our own limited view of fairness and desert, may we breathe out your wisdom, your mercy, your love.

As we breathe in our own inclination to fix everything, may we breathe out the saving incarnation of your Son.

As we breathe in all the cacophony of words that are our own, may we breathe out the words your Son first prayed:

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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