Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A Prayer for the Journey
We have examined a number of different pathways our lives might take as we journey with God. Some offer no options and seem to have little hope. Others are open and give us a variety of choices. As we move through these last weeks of Lent, let us pause to consider the Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat.
A man sowed good seed in his field . . .
Good and gentle God, you sow your word in our hearts and minds. May we come to fully hear your word.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off . . .
Good and wise God, you offer us the grace of your love. May we come to completely see you in others.
When the crop grew and bore fruit then the weeds appeared as well . . .
Good and gracious God, you plant a desire in each of us to know you intimately. May we arrive at seeing you in all of creation.
The slaves of the householder came to him and said, “Master, did you not sow good wheat in your field? Where did all these weeds come from?
Dear and humble Jesus, you accompany us when we need you most. May we respond to your quiet and healing touch.
He answered, “An enemy has done this”.
Dear and practical Jesus, you see each of us entirely and totally. May we seek to love you as you love us.
His slaves said to him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?
Dear and loving Jesus, you give us your full and total attention. May we learn to spend time with you each day.
He replied, “No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them . . .
Loving and serene Spirit, you see both eagerness and reluctance in each of us. Help us to find unity within ourselves and with one another.
“Let them grow together until harvest; then I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning . . .
Loving and compassionate Spirit, you provide endless time and limitless space for us to grow in you. Help us to forgive ourselves and one another without reservation as you forgive us.
‘But gather the wheat into my barn’.”
Loving and providential Spirit, you persist against all odds. Help us to move forward on the path of our life . . . even when we are wearied by the trials of the journey.
God the Creator, God the Redeemer, and God the Healer, abide with us this day and every day. We know that the obstacles along our way are stepping stones to encounter ourselves. We know that you are with us even when we cannot see or hear you. And we live in the expectation that the harvesters will bundle us in to your enormous and generous barn. Amen.