A prayer for the fourth Sunday in Lent


Three years ago, we were anxiously waiting, worriedly ready.

We were increasingly dreading an illness we didn’t understand.

We still don’t understand what happened, though so many people try.

What we know for sure is how much we don’t know who to trust.

Including you.

We are like Samuel, late in his life.

Samuel was afraid of Saul, the village leaders were afraid of Samuel, Samuel was captivated by the most likely.

Without you, Samuel was unable to see the right step, the bright hope, the chosen one.

Until David as in front of him and you said, “That one.”

God, we are afraid of many. We are captivated by obvious.

We are willing to stop when you say “go”, to say “of course we will” when you say, “not yet”, to say, “are you sure” when you say “that one.”

We are unwilling to be willing. We are uncertain to be certain. We are untrusting to trust.

But we want to be certain, to be willing, to trust you.

So I ask you today, for us all, to touch our eyes, to anoint our heads, to help us see your light.

Even in the confusion and dread.

Through Christ our Lord.



Reflecting on 1 Samuel 16:1-13

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