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A Prayer for the Table

Dear God, 

This day, this week, this year, have all looked different than we imagined. 

But you are here. 

 

Our plans, our dreams, our hopes have shifted, transformed, or disappeared. 

But you are here. 

 

Our families, friends, and neighbors are distanced, lonely, and isolated.  

But you are here. 

 

When all else feels out of control

when we miss family and friends

when we long for a hug and a handshake

when we dream of meals gathered around the table

when we can’t help but worry

when our fingers scroll mindlessly

help us to remember

You are here. 

 

Keep our eyes and hearts fixed on you –

your faithfulness

your hope

your joy

your grace

your forgiveness

your love. 

 

You are here

with an overflowing love that knows no bounds

and welcomes all to a place at the table. 

 

You are here

to feed us with mercy and compassion

to comfort us with tenderness

to welcome us in rest and peace. 

 

You are here. 

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, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter

 

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