Romans 12:9-21, a prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Proper 17

13th Sunday after Pentecost – Year A

3 September 2017




Paul makes it sound so easy.

Just be sincere, determined, altruistic.

Yet we find ourselves

hesitant, shifty, unreliable, selfish.

Just be zealous, hopeful, patient.

Yet we feel tired, desperate, anxious.

Just be generous, hospitable, harmonious.

Yet we find ourselves

hoarding, isolating, discordant.

We want to make good choices,

But the world’s options glitter

Catching our eye and interest.

Then way leads to way,

Until we have lost our way,

Until we feel overcome and alone.

That’s when we call out

And you, every time, toss a lifeline.

You are so reliable, never damning us,

Never announcing you’ve saved us

For the last time.

Always casting away the darkness

Always dismantling our disbelief

Always throwing your loving arm

around our shoulder

Always and again loving us with mercy.

You are amazing!

You banish our loneliness.

Thank you.