Sometimes, it feels like
You have forgotten us-
left us in this unending cyclone
of uncertainty, grief, death, and loss,
wreaking havoc on our already fragile lives.
Yet your Incarnation reminds us
that you are not a far-away God,
but a God who always breaks in,
comes into the middle
of our pain and darkness.
So we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
Come quickly, and save.
Into the middle of our grief
for lives lost too soon- unnecessarily, disproportionately -
Come and bring your holy tears alongside ours.
Into the middle of our separation,
pangs of loneliness, cravings for touch that bridges distance
Come and bring your presence to hold our ache.
Into the middle of our resignation
fear of what news will break,
what plans will change, what disappoints we’ll face
Come and bring your promise of love that never fails.
Into the middle of our anger
at the unjust treatment of the poor,
selfish and blatant disregard for human life
Come and bring your righteous anger, reminding us that you will judge.
Into the middle of our exhaustion,
weariness from the unrelenting unknown,
loss of time markers, forever hazy days
Come and grant us your Spirit of true rest.
Into the middle of our need,
failing lungs, hungry bellies,
dwindling bank accounts, a lack of shelter
Come grant us daily bread and sustaining breath.
And as your presence breaks in, and breaks through
into the middle of all that consumes and surrounds us
Give us the eyes to see,
the ears to hear,
the heart to receive
Your generous presence as Emmanuel-
God in the middle,
God in the mess,
God in the midst of it all. Amen.