The Night Prayer: April 2021

Holy God, 
We empty our souls like we empty our pockets,
pouring all we regret from this day into your hands;
that holy space where anything and everything can be shared
Lord, hear our prayers. 

We release from our minds
every insecurity, doubt, and shame 
that attempts to rob us of your presence.
They have no place to stay tonight.
Lord, have mercy. 

We receive your forgiveness 
And extend forgiveness to others, 
trusting fully that your
wisdom will enter into our experiences and 
sort out what we confuse. 
Lord, have mercy.

Where grief has come so close we cannot ignore it; we ask for comfort. 
Where sorrow has lodged too deeply; Lord, roll away the stone.
Where love is knocking out the walls of our hearts; set us free to fly with you.
And in any moment 
where we have missed your grace today,
Lord come quickly 
reveal your presence to us once again.  

May the night bring your peace that surpasses all understanding. 
And may all we love be held safely and securely in your 
heart of grace. There is no greater gift; there is no better place. 

In the name of the One who neither slumbers nor sleeps,
The resurrected Christ, Amen.

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