Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
On that same day, right before I picked up my kids from school, I opened a bill and shuddered at the amount owed. I flipped through a new issue of a literary journal, frustrated with myself for having not contributed the piece I’d intended to send in months ago. Then I scanned the pages of the newspaper but soon was disgusted at the refugee detention camps, the teacher who molested girls, and the nasty way politicians play the “I’m not your best friend anymore” game over and over.
Lord, have mercy. Take these weights.
—Erin F. Wasinger with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Upper Room Books, 2020)
As you move through your day thinking about family, finances, work, and the news, what prayer arises? Join the conversation.
Don’t fear, because I am with you;
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you
with my righteous strong hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)
ONE: When stress accumulates in a clenched jaw or an apathetic heart,
CHILDREN: When I feel like nothing I do is good enough,
ALL: Spirit, renew our energy for being courageous peacemakers.
ONE: When I feel outmatched by the depths of need at home and in the world,
CHILDREN: When the world is scary and confusing,
ALL: Spirit, walk with us when we don’t feel brave.
ONE: When I’m humbled by my privilege or overlooked because of privilege
CHILDREN: When I know something’s not fair, but I don’t know how to fix it,
ALL: Spirit, guide our choices so we courageously bend toward each other.
The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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