Eternal, everlasting, God beyond gods
we come with visions and longings today.
Our longings are sometimes stronger than our vision.
Our longing is the product of eternity
Our vision is the product of our rational age.
what we have experienced
what makes sense
what holds water
what fits together
and this is good.
Based on what we know today, we are grateful that we can envision tomorrow.
We are grateful to envision
the sun coming up
the fog coming in
the newly planted and newly born babies growing,
graduations and jobs
and dinner tonight.
We can envision
our economy turning around
peace in war-torn lands
a healthy planet.
Because these have been and are possible again.
But some of our longings are hard to envision.
Sometimes our longings seem
and yet we continue to long.
Our souls long for miracles
It is as we allow ourselves to experience these longings
that we open ourselves to you.
We admit we are frightened of miracles, frightened and yet still longing.
We admit that we would like to be in charge,
to have both predictability and then miracles of our own choosing.
that sometimes our faith doesn’t accompany our longings,
that we are impatient,
that we want to control it all.
We admit all this.
But for now, in this moment we shroud our deepest longing,
protected from judgment,
protected from rationality,
protected from fear.
We sit with our longings,
O God, receive the longings of our hearts;
connect us to your eternity;
hold us in your love.