It is not as if you come only when we call, O God.
You are, in fact, present in each moment we have.
And, in all the moments we have.
As intimate and as close as the next breath we take.
It is more that we pause long enough to be reminded
And, to remind ourselves
Of Your abiding presence.
So, may this moment be one of those moments, O God.
When we stop long enough to allow our hope and our sorrow;
Our joy and our fear;
Ourselves and each other;
To be held, for a moment, in a deep awareness of Your presence.
We pray for all that has been entrusted to our care and keeping.
For those whom we love and those who we know.
For those with power and those without.
For those who are broken and those who rise up in hope.
For those who struggle for their daily bread and those who wage peace.
And for all those others we would name in this moment.
Into your hands, O God.
And, as always O God, may our lives follow where our prayers first lead.