Prayer Bead Reflection

This week our prayer bead is for “concern”.  If you were not able to join us for worship I invite you to read the sermon online to give greater perspective on the nature of this bead.  Within the sermon I share a form of prayer called prayer dialogue.  If you have not already done so, I would invite you to try praying in this way once this week.
I also share with you this prayer by Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann from his book, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth.
You are the God from whom no secret can be hid,
and we are a people with many secrets,
     that we want to tell for the sake of our lives,
     that we dare no tell because they are deep and painful.
But they are our secrets …and they count f much;
     they are our truth…rooted deep in our lives.
You are the God of all truth,
     and now we bid you heed our truth,
     about which we will not bear false witness…
          The truth of grief unresolved,
           the truth of pain unacknowledged,
           the truth of fear too child-like,
           the truth of hate, as powerful as it is deep,
           the truth of being taken advantage of,
                 and being used,
                 and manipulated,
                 and slandered.
We trust the great truth of your wondrous love,
     but we will not sit still for it,
     UNTIL you hear us.
Our truth-heard by you-will make us free.
So be the God of all truth, even ours,
     we pray in the name of Jesus,
     who is your best kept secret of hurt.  Amen.
Pastor Rebecca