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Mar  2010 29
Your Love Persists

God loves us exactly as we are.  We remember as we pray this Lenten prayer in the words of Kay Northcutt.

YOUR LOVE PERSISTS, STUBBORNLY, WARMLY

            Fourth Sunday in Lent

O God, who so loved the world

that you sent your only, beloved Child,

we come to you this morning

trying to fully understand that you love us still—

regardless of who we are or are not,

what we have done or left undone,

regardless of what we are capable or incapable of doing.

Your love persists, stubbornly, warmly

welcoming us back to you

We come with hearts humming grateful praise to you

for the signs that life continues—

the hope of newborn buds on trees,

the promise of daffodils rising from winter graves,

the fragrant nourishing mist of rain

We come with hearts of grateful praise,

some of us weary, others refreshed,

praising you in the midst of time's swift passing.

And as we live in these passing days of Lent,

we begin to restlessly consider

(like flowers responding to the sun's kiss)

your Lenten call to us

for transformation

For such a possibility of transformation

we are grateful to your grace,

which releases us from any falsehood or pretensions

of who we may imagine ourselves to be

and invites us to be what we are—

human,

forgiven,

set free

You, O God of transforming love,

suffer when your children suffer.

You know some of us come this morning

with the heaviness of a sorrow

that cannot be lifted except through you.

You know our hearts,

our prayers,

before we can speak them.

Embrace our loved ones who are sick:

            Prayers of intercession

Walk with us,

that we are mindful to walk closely with one another

when we suffer from loneliness, uncertainty, disappointment

Still our fears, God; quiet them until we hear again

your voice, steady and familiar,

lifting us to you

Teach us your way of faithfulness,

that we may be careful in our relationships,

growing always in love

and desire

for your presence

AMEN

Kay Bessler Northcutt, Praying by Heart: Prayers for Personal Devotion and Public Worship (Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1998), 49-51.  Used by permission.


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