A prayer for Good Friday
Life-Giver of all that is and ever has been,
who meets us in our grief:
We arrive here at the end of the week,
weary, and with fires and holy places
on our minds and hearts:
the Notre Dame Cathedral,
Black churches in Louisiana,
Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque,
and forest cathedrals.
So much destruction, despair,
loss, death, and ashes.
On this Good Friday we reflect
on death and despair,
grief and loss,
sorrow laid bare like a
landscape scorched of its trees
or a community of its spiritual centre.
We feel the emptiness
in our bones, our hearts
reach across time and space
to those most closely
touched by the flames.
Spirit of Life, we know
that you grieve too. Hear
our cries, as we cry
for the brokenness in
our world and our own ability
to inflict wounds on others
and on the earth.
May our Wounded Healer
offer comfort and company as
we wait in stillness and silence
for hope to be born again
from the ashes.
Wendy Janzen, 2019
April 14 - Lent 6 (Palm Sunday)
Prayer for the 6th Sunday of Lent -
Source of all being, Eternal Word, Holy Spirit:
Today we enter into a week called holy;
drawing nearer to the events that shook up
history and invite us into faith.
It is a day of rejoicing and singing your praises.
We wave our pine boughs,
our hemlock branches, our cedars,
and lay them down before you,
eagerly wanting to
demonstrate our devotion.
We confess that we are so easily
caught up in excitement
that we forget to look
more deeply at what is really
going on around us.
Your presence and your work
among us is not shallow or simple.
Have mercy on us, O God,
when we don’t understand
faith is messy stuff.
Help us to lay down our
misguided expectations of you,
of others, of ourselves.
We pray with confidence
of your love and compassion for us
and for the entire universe.
Open our hearts wide enough
to hold the brokenness with the beauty,
the pain with the praise,
the rain with the sunshine,
and all the blessings and gifts
of life, and death, and new life.
Together with all of creation we cry
hosanna and hallelujah!
- Wendy Janzen, 2019
Prayer for the 5th Sunday of Lent
I had a little fun with alliteration on this one...
O One who welcomes wonder
and wipes away tears:
As we continue to wander through
the weeks of Lent, O God,
we pray that your tender mercy
would restore our weary hearts.
You know our sorrows, our
fears, and our worries.
Restore us, God, and
turn our weeping into joy.
We want to witness your works:
You create new ways in the wilderness,
and waterways in the desert.
May we, like the wild animals,
honour and worship you.
Anoint us wild ones with
your extravagant love,
so that the fragrance of your
presence may waft through the air
in our wake, wherever we go.
- Wendy Janzen 2019
Prayer for the fourth Sunday of Lent
Spirit of generous grace and lavish love,
We come to you in prayer with a
sense of confession.
We confess that sometimes we are
strong-willed, self-focused, adventure-seeking,
and lack a sense of connection,
accountability, or belonging
to the larger whole.
We act out of our own interests,
and fail to see the impacts our
actions have on those around us,
both human and more-than-human.
Forgive us for times when our
actions have hurt others.
Bring us into awareness that
everything we do has ripple effects.
Remind us that we are in communion
and community with all of creation.
Thank you for your forgiveness,
your acceptance, your embrace.
Pick us up when we fall,
give us a fresh start,
make of us a new creation,
make us partners in your reconciling work:
reconciling the whole world,
all of creation, to your heart.
-Wendy Janzen, 2019
Prayer for the third Sunday of Lent ~
O God, Water of Life,
At times our souls are dry, or even frozen,
like a stream in the wintertime.
We feel stuck and immobilized,
not sure where to turn or
how to move forward.
And so we wait.
Give us patience in our waiting.
Allow us to see its value.
Help us to just rest a while,
and let go of our fears,
let go of control.
In the stillness of our waiting,
help us to notice that
deep down, below the ice,
there is still life and movement.
We wait for the springtime sun,
the warmth that will slowly melt the ice
in our souls, our hearts,
our bodies, our relationships.
Shine your love in our lives, O God.
Bring us back to life,
and allow us to flow freely again.
You are the Source of all that is,
the Love that warms our souls,
the Water that give us life.
We praise you and give you thanks!
Wendy Janzen 2019
Prayer for the first Sunday of Lent ~
O God, Divine Presence, Wild Spirit,
we enter into this season of Lent
aware of of just how much
wilderness can change us.
Some of us enter with trepidation,
some, with a sense of familiarity,
some, with exhausted, empty spirits,
some, with foreboding and resistance,
some, with anticipation and hope
eager, in a strange way,
to be laid bare and
broken open by the
Lead us gently, by the hand,
Into this wide open, fierce wilderness,
that we might be able to trust
where this journey may take us
and how it may change us.
~ Wendy Janzen
March 10, 2019
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