Water and the Word: Gathering

 

Here we are, O God, 

socially distanced 

by a nefarious virus, 

yet communally drawn together 

by a mysterious thirst 

for living water 

for our bodies 

and our souls. 

 

Here we are, O God, 

lifting up 

our immuno-compromised 

and health-challenged 

sisters and brothers, 

praying that we do not, 

by our carelessness 

or our insensitivity, 

contribute a greater threat 

to their well-being.

 

Here we are, O God, 

gathered in ways 

we pray are faithful, 

seeking guidance, 

both through our medical professionals 

and your spirit and truth.

 

Here we are, O God, 

lifting up our anxiety and dread 

with open palms, 

asking you 

to take it from us, 

so that our palpitations 

are calmed, 

our tachycardia, 

steadied.

 

Here we are, O God, 

revealing our deepest 

grief and loss, 

longing to remain cognizant 

of your strong but tender hand 

undergirding us through it all.

 

Here we are, O God, 

offering our whole selves — 

bodies, minds, and souls — 

to the gathering ways 

and relationships 

of your love.

 

Here we are, O God, 

fully prepared 

to part with all 

that separates us 

from you, 

and therefore 

also separates us 

from our neighbors. 

 

© 2020 Todd Jenkins

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