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A Prayer to Enter Holy Week

A Prayer to Enter Holy Week

 

Here we are –

Holy Week

We’ve been here before

Year after year

But this year 

Is like no other before


We’re in our homes

Wondering when we’ll return to any sense of normal

Losing patience and running ragged

 

We’re in hospitals weary and weak

Afraid of what is to come

Afraid of what we do not know

 

We’re in grocery stores

Keeping to ourselves

Wearing our masks and praying we’re safe

 

We’re teaching our children

Using technology to connect friends and family

We’re in our homes working, learning, playing, and resting

We’re in our homes fearful and uncertain

 

Holy Week is here to meet us

Wherever we are

However we feel 

Whether we’re alone

Or longing for a moment of rest

Whether we believe or doubt

Whether we lament or sing songs of joy

 

Holy Week is here

Ready to embrace us

 

Not much different from the first Easter –

We wonder if our world will ever be the same

If we’ll ever be the same

 

This week, this Holy Week

We hear the stories we’ve always heard

Washing feet and last meals

Love and betrayal

Death on a cross, violence

Tears and silence. 

 

And then we wait

And wrestle

Offer cries and broken hallelujahs

 

Until

We turn to the rising sun

The empty tomb

The light at the end

The hope of what is to come

Amen

 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website or follow her work on Facebook.  

 

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