Blessed Jesus, we praise you
and lift our hearts to be filled by your Spirit.
May we be ever-joyful witnesses of your truth
and embody your wisdom and healing
in the world always.
May we know you as our companion,
our brother, our teacher, our guide,
our Savior who dwells in us, and we in you.
You draw our eyes heavenward
to call our hearts into assurance,
knowing you are never far from us.
Draw our hearts instead toward each other:
let salvation reach to the ends of the earth
and to the full blooming
of our lives in Christ.
May we work with You, O Loving Creator,
enlightened by your Holy Spirit,
to share the good news
of renewal and hope.
Holy One of Blessing,
God of Mercy and Faithfulness,
sustain us by your grace
and grant strength and comfort
to all those in anxiety or pain,
we humbly pray,
resting in the assurance of your care.
Peace be upon us,
and upon all for whom we pray.
The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is priest-in-charge of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO. She posts daily prayers at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.