Monday, August 23, 2021

For Seasons of Uncertainty

This beautiful prayer for Seasons of Uncertainty comes from a wonderful book called Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey. Click here to link to a pdf.

You can find more info on this fine book (both Volume I and Volume II) here.

Here is the text...

A Liturgy for Seasons of Uncertainty, Douglas McKelvey.

In the midst of whatever follows, O Lord,
let me meet your mercies anew,
and anew, and anew.
In the midst of my dismay, fix my eyes again
and again upon your eternal promises.

How this ends—that is up to you.
If the next news is favorable, I will
praise you for the ongoing gift of life.
If tomorrow’s tidings are worse, still
will I proclaim your goodness, my
heart anchored ever more firmly in the
eternal joys you have set before me.

And when, whether days or decades from
now, you finally bid me rise and follow you
across the last valley, I will rejoice
in your faithfulness even there.
Especially there—

praying Thy will be done,
and trusting by faith that it will be done.
That it is being done. Even now.
Even in this disquiet.

I am utterly yours, O Christ.
In the midst of this uncertainty,
I abandon myself again to you, the author
and the object of all my truest hopes.