May 31, 2012

Litany: An Invitation to Trust

Here’s a thoughtful litany inspired by Mark 4:35-41, the account of Jesus calming the storm.  It was written by Connie R. Burkholder, from the Monitor Church of the Brethren in McPherson, Kansas.

Invitation to Trust
(inspired by Mark 4:35-41)

When dangers invade our sense of safety
and we wonder if our Redeemer cares,
we hear the invitation:
Be at peace. Be calm.

When we face job loss and financial downturns,
and our sense of security is shaky,
we hear the invitation:
Be at peace. Be calm.

When our congregations experience distress, conflict,
and loss of significant leadership,
we hear the invitation:
Be at peace. Be calm.

When controversial issues and rigidity of spirit
threaten to tear at the very fabric of the faith community,
we hear the invitation:
Be at peace. Be calm.

When our lives feel chaotic and desolate
because of illness or sorrow,
we hear the invitation:
Be at peace. Be calm.

Help us to know, O God, that the one who calmed the dangerous sea is present with us, cares for us, and can calm the stormy waters of our lives. Help us to trust more fully and more deeply in you. We pray in the name of Jesus, who invites us to be at peace. Amen.

— written by Connie R. Burkholder, Monitor Church of the Brethren in McPherson, Kansas.  Posted on the Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren website.  http://rockhay.tripod.com/