Open our eyes to the dangers around us. Open our ears to the wise Elders you have sent to us. Open our hearts to feel compassion for those in our care. Give us all we need to build shelters and protection for all you have entrusted to us.
We come to your sacred prayer space seeking a relationship with you. You welcome us in and reveal to us that you are always near, and your invitation to participate in your mystery is constant and not based on our timing or requests. How often are the times you knock on the door of our hearts only for us to ignore you or say, “not now, LORD, I’m busy!” Yet, you still invite us, and never turn your face away from us.
We breathe in your holy breath that gives life and breathe out your love. Thank you for the mysterious clouds that protect us and remind us of your blessings and presence while we wait. Abba Father and Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit who gently speaks love, kindness and gentleness, and who guides us.
Thank you, Jehovah-Rohi (the Lord is my Shepherd), for leading and guiding us on our journey. You provide companionship, rest, food, and refreshing water. You protect us from harm. We sing your praises.
We enter your sacred prayer space seeking shelter from the harsh rulers and ways of the world. We are covered with the dirt and filth of a world gone mad as so many stray from your presence. They threaten to consume us. You remind us that your ways are more pure and powerful, and that we will remain protected as the furnaces burn and the seas boil around us.