Father God, are we there yet?
We are between the last Sunday of the year and the first – are we nearly there yet?
“The days are coming” (book of Jeremiah) – are we nearly there yet?
We are between the new beginning and end of the last new beginning – are we nearly there yet?
For those who challenge us all to leave our comfort and engage, we give thanks.
We have made a start on changing our world view, making poverty history, fighting against “one answer fits all” – are we nearly there yet?
When the emergency service personnel brave floods and wonder if it will stop raining – are we nearly there yet? We pray with the people of Cote d’azur, France and Savonna, Italy
When the firefighters brave the flames and wonder if it will stop burning – are we nearly there yet?
We pray with the people of New South Wales, Australia and Santa Barbara, California.
When the rescuers brave the aftershocks and struggle to reach trapped people – are we nearly there yet?
We pray with the people of Albania.
When there is lack of equality and justice for all, intensify out desire to support those who are blocked from their established way – are we nearly there yet? We pray with the Uighar people; with those caught in the tension across the Uganda / Rwanda border.
Child-like we want the journey to be over, to get to the exciting bit at the end, asking are we nearly there yet? This time of Thanksgiving in the USA reminds us of all those, down the years who have made a journey and gave thanks when it was over. For those brave enough to set out on the search for new lands, new places, new cultures, we give thanks. For those who help, rescue and introduce them to the new, we give thanks. We pray with those whose travel plans for thanksgiving have been disrupted by winter storms.
Father, there are many things for which we give thanks, but most of all we give thanks for the privilege of talking to you in prayer and for your patience as we demand that world is set right immediately “are we nearly there, yet?”
Patient God, supporting brother, mothering spirit, these and many more are our prayers, all praise and thanks for hearing, receiving and answering. Amen