by Cynthia Langston Kirk
draw close to us
as we shrink before the events of this day.
We marvel at Christ’s willingness
to stand up to the powers and principalities of this world.
We face our complicity
in so much inhumanity to humankind.
Darkness closes in as we wonder how we have betrayed you.
How have we sold you for a little money?
When have we denied knowing you
or been fearful to claim association with you?
When have we been so afraid or self-absorbed that we cry
God, give us the courage of Christ,
willing to risk our reputations and resources, our all,
for the sake of those in need, even people we do not know.
We pray clinging to the hope for resurrection. Amen.
Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2011 The Upper Room.
Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk is a creative arts minister whose primary focus mediums are poetry/liturgy, fabric art, and retreats. She and her husband live in Tucson, AZ.
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE