Prayer in the In-Between Time
In peace, we rest in You, O God;
In hope, we lift up our hearts,
safe within your gracious pasture,
in the shelter of your healing hand.
Early in the morning we rest in You,
O God who calls us to stillness
as a mother soothes her fretting child.
Your love is a balm to the soul, O Strong One,
and your constant presence a salve to the spirit.
Time will not be held,
but keeps spinning on
in the roseate dawn
agate pink parting the gossamer night.
Blessing us by offering us wisdom.
May we spend this day
meditating upon your promises,
O Life-Giving Spirit,
O Womb of Creation,
O Creating and Compassionate One
who calls us tenderly by name.
Somewhere someone watches;
somewhere someone weeps;
somewhere someone hopes for a word that may never come–
Yet you, O Loving Savior,
are with them all.
Turn our hearts toward those around us, Lord Christ,
and lead us in your way of peace.
Make us a blessing this day
to the seeking and the vulnerable,
and lead us in compassion and mercy
in response to the light you call into being in all.
In the gloaming of the glistening fields
waiting for the embrace the evening
lead us into deeper faithfulness, O God,
as the Earth turn her face toward night .
Extend the awning of your help to all who call out to You,
O Lord Our Shepherd,
and grant the blessing of your grace to all those for whom we pray.
The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire is a writer, musician, and a priest in the Diocese of Missouri. She is rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ellisville, MO. She posts daily prayers, meditations, and sermons at her blog Abiding In Hope, and collects spiritual writings and images at Poems, Psalms, and Prayers.