We are told we are not alone,
that you are with us.
You are as close as a prayer,
close as our heart.
Yet why do you feel so far away, God?
Teach us to pray!
For those among us
who didn’t take time to pray this week–
forgive us for not turning to you.
We prioritized many things,
but missed what was essential.
We failed to call home,
even though you are waiting for our call.
For those among us who wanted to pray,
but didn’t know how to pray this week–
show us that we can long for you,
even when there are no words.
We can turn our gaze upon you,
and find rest.
For those among us who did turn to you,
but prayed selfishly, only for our own benefit–
enlarge our horizons to see the needs of others.
Open our hearts to the pain of those around us,
and the expansiveness of your love.
For those among us who prayed,
but felt you were not listening–
give us patience and trust in your timing.
Your answers come in unexpected ways.
Even when we do not get
the desires of our hearts,
you are with us in that wanting.
For those among us who are not sure
that you are even there to pray to–
may the prayers of our community
lead us into your presence,
drawing us into your love and deepest care.
You are with all who doubt.
We pray, hoping that you hear us, Amen.