Prayer / Poem of the Week # 7
Come back each Monday night for a free prayer or poem from one of the books we have published.
O Christ of the poor and the maligned,
the suffering and the weak
we give thanks for your love
that binds us together
in our small congregations
in the broken east.
You know our struggles and our fears
our doubts and our burdens
our deep weariness
you are our constant companion
giving us the strength and inspiration
we need day-to-day.
We never feel like we have enough people
or enough resources
to meet the challenges
or respond to the needs
of this shattered place
But strangers are welcomed
food and drink is offered
someone listens when pain is shared
people are accepted just as they are
help is given in small ways
One day a week we gather
in a circle like a family
in a plain and ordinary place
to celebrate our faith and trust in you
to seek your guidance
restore our energy
keep our hope alive
It’s never easy but
we continue to find our way
through the mess and chaos
the grief and the loss
sustained by your life within us
and the warmth of community
So it hurts and angers us
when we hear that big wealthy churches
in the west of the city
don’t think that we are performing.
They say that we are not up to scratch
we are failing and should be shut down
we don’t match their vision
of what a church looks like.
Give us courage in the face of such judgement
and the laughter and wisdom
to deal with “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
Help us not to get caught up in their negativity
but in your grace and joy.
O Christ, we thank you for your loving solidarity
with the widow, the poor, the small and the downtrodden.
In the midst of our struggles we are not alone.