O Holy God
In this season
when we are contemplating those
who would lead us
their gifts and their limits
draw our eyes and our visions
our minds and our thoughts
our hearts and our love
Like Hannah, let us cry out to you
for our heart’s desire
Like Esther, let us respond to your call
with risky action.
Like Job, let us fall silent
at your majesty.
Like Moses, let our faces shine
with reflections of your glory.
Sing to us Lord, over the siren call of empire.
Remind us we belong to the earth
far more than it belongs to us.
You hold dominion over all the worlds
and all the ages.
What kind of God are you
that you are mindful
You reveal yourself to us in Christ,
vulnerable baby, dusty preacher scribbling in sand,
praying from the waves,
making breakfast for betrayers on the beach.
You loved us, and you love us still,
beyond our imagining.
And so you come to us,
wild and troubling Spirit
who inspires prisoners to sing
and then breaks their chains.
You come among us,
dancing fiery Spirit
through the locked doors
of our upper rooms
setting the fearful to singing
setting our stories free.
You move among us now
setting us to music
like notes of the most beautiful song
and then you give us to each other
a love song to the world.