A Prayer of Lament

Where are you God?
Why must we endure another day of this?

Our bodies decline,
we move slower than we did,
and we feel that movement in ways that
we never did before.

Hear our cries for those in need of healing,
heed our yearnings for those struggling with addiction,
and who stray far from your loving realm.

Hear us in the silence of this once bustling sanctuary.

Hear our hope in your healing goodness,
your presence of peace and acceptance.

[TIME OF SILENCE]

Where are you Holy One?
Why must so many suffer?
What has happened to the world?

Where is the order that we remember from the past.

Why do you taunt us?
Why keep our memories intact,
and slow to retrieve,
if only to see all we worked for,
all in which we found comfort,
and meaning become a shadows?

Hear our confusion about,
hear our yearnings for,
as we trust that your eye is on the sparrow.

Hear us in the silence.

[TIME OF SILENCE]

Where are the leaders for today?
Those who would give us hope?

We recall the days of our youth.
The days of activity, of optimism, and hope.

We remember them in detail,
the many past leaders of the church,
of your church, God!

Why have you seen fit to leave us,
without those like Van, Ron, or Vic, or Holly? [insert names as appropriate]

Our bodies and hearts ache for
so many who have gone before,
so many who led us to greatness in your name.

[TIME OF SILENCE]

Where are the leaders for today?
Why must we endure this pessimism?
Why must Washington bicker?

Why don’t the young and even many of our cohort find meaning where we do?

Why don’t you give us hope for the future,
allowing us to enjoy our last years in peace? 

It is as if you’ve hidden a road from us.
Why is that road closed?
What are you thinking, God?

[TIME OF SILENCE]

Still, we trust in you.

Though we don’t understand,
we know that you have a plan,
a plan for us filled with hope.

We know that,
though this place,
these people,
and this time appears to be in decline,
we know that you offer us opportunities,
to be your church,
to grow and change,
as individuals and as a community.

We trust in your wisdom that those things,
that we don’t understand,
those aches of heart and hearth,
will ultimately come together for your good.

And, so, trusting in your wisdom,
we turn to the prayer Jesus taught us.

We pray those ancient words
that give us comfort
and that challenge us to be
who you dream we can be,

[Close with the Lord’s Prayer.] 

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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