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.
This is a litany for the night. It is a prayer for those who choose to gather together after the heavy work is done or when it is paused. It is a litany for ministers, activists, nonprofit workers, and children of God in all walks of life who are laboring and resting in justice as it is in heaven.
—Gary Francis with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Upper Room Books, 2020)
When you complete or pause the heavy work of the day, what spiritual practices replenish your soul? Join the conversation.
I will satisfy the weary,
and all who are faint I will replenish.
—Jeremiah 31:25 (NRSV)
ONE: We say today:
ALL: You are Lord.
ONE: Who is Lord?
ALL: God is Lord of all. There is none like you. To you only do we reserve
this name. We proclaim that you alone have complete authority over
our lives. We submit to your supreme control. We submit to your
will. We walk in your way. We acknowledge you as our source of life,
breath, purpose, and love.
ONE: Lord, Lord.
ALL: We call your name: Lord, Lord.
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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