Based on Exodus 33:12-23, Cleft of the Rock
Wondrous and everlasting God, we thank you for your solidity, your strength, your majesty. We thank you for being to us a rock of ages, that shelters us year after year after year, through all that assails and threatens to overwhelm us. In these times of uncertainty and discord, our anxieties all too often seem to run high, and our doubts to run deep. And yet we have come here today, to acknowledge once again that your guidance can see us through life’s storms and trials. We acknowledge that our link to you is the anchor that prevents our running aground. After all, you tether us to eternity, when we would otherwise wander, lost in the confusion of our daily lives, caught in the press of each day’s worries.
And help us, we pray, to worry a bit less about charting our forward movement, and remember to take a backward glance now and then, to find the pattern of your loving care and presence woven into the fabric of our lives. Help us connect the dots that then point us faithfully and trustingly to you – who shoulders the world with ease – and shelters us all in your grace.
When life’s uncertainties weigh upon us, O God, we pray that as we feel concern for our own futures, we will not fail to recognize the needs of others which vastly outweigh our own. If there are those about whom the world couldn’t care less – teach us to care, as you do. If there are those in need of help with whom the world can’t be bothered – show us how to serve them, for your sake. Just as you seek the lost and shelter them, so let us find a way to offer spaces of comfort and care.
All these things we bring to you today, dear God, knowing that even when we cannot see your face, and you seem distant and disinterested, yet, you stand near us all the while, protecting us as in the cleft of the rock – shielding us by your mighty hand. With this assurance, we bring our prayers today, offered in the name of the One who felt certain enough of your nearness to call you, “Father,” and taught us to say together when we prayed … the Lord’s Prayer.