By Stephen W. Hiemstra
I praise you for your quiet presence,
sustaining all creation and provisioning it with your love.
Though darkness cover us and we fear the death that is ever-near,
you cover us with the blood of Christ, your hedge of everlasting protection.
Cover my sin–the times that my judgment lapses,
and I cannot even admit my transgressions to myself.
Thankfully, you do not share my weaknesses and we can rejoice in your goodness,
even when we are alone and walk in the dark night of the soul.
In the power of your Holy Spirit,
grant us the strength to model your presence to those around us,
the grace to model your goodness,
and the peace that passes all understanding.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen
Prayer for Presence and to be Present
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