When the Road Seems Closed, a prayer — David Long-Higgins, USA

Photo: Road Closed, David Long-Higgins

Loving God,
Grant me a vision
Greater than any barricade
Daring me to despair
At signs screaming out
‘No possible way forward,
This road is closed.’

Yes, lift up my eyes
To Your emerging light
Stretching a horizon of hope
Bearing Your resurrection rising
Larger than any obstruction
Of the world’s weary making
Or of my own despairing design.

Grant just enough light
To see beyond the moment
And all it dares to capture
In fatigue or worry or despair
Claiming to be the final word
Reserved for You alone
O Word and Way of Life.

Yes, pull me toward possibilities
Not easily seen at night
When all is hidden from my sight
Yet bearing a new beginning
Known by You for revealing
At just the right time
With the gift of dawn’s surprise.

Let this rising light of You
Draw me beyond myself
And all the world resists,
Trusting Your grace to form
A new way, a new hope,
A new creation bit by bit
Luring me forward
Empowered by awe
At all You make possible
If I will lift up my eyes
My heart and my life
To Your persistent promise.

Yes, Love,
Let this of You
Be larger than any barricade
Daring me to believe
No new road is possible.

And let it be more than enough
For the journey of today.

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