Be ready, come what may

DO YOU SEE us now, O Lord? Do you see your daughters, your sons?

We feel troubled, abandoned, afflicted, and afraid. Our hearts are ripped in two.

Do you see us? To whom shall we go, O Lord? Where shall we go if not to you?

I cry out to you, O Lord, I cry out!

We see brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, the children lost and hurt.

How much more, O Lord, how much longer?

So many suffer now. So many souls struggle. And we know the struggle will continue. Storm clouds swirl above us.

Are we ready? Are we aware? What does the future hold for us?

Prepare us, O Lord. Come what may, give us strength and clarity. May your mighty Spirit prepare the way!

Against all odds, let us remain firm in hope. Despite our troubles, we will continue. We will persevere. We will fervently pray.

We believe in the Resurrection and the Life. We will never let go of the hand of God. And he will never let go of us.

No matter how much the demons howl, our faith cannot be stripped away.

The Spirit of the Lord transforms the weak and weary into strong, caring souls. His mercy and grace transform us. So we will take courage.

We will not fear to hurt. We will not fear to work. We will not fear to live. We will not fear to love.

From the empty tomb, the Body of Christ rises up. Against all odds, we stand firm upon the Rock that is our Savior.

He closes the distance of charity. He came down to us from heaven so that we may touch him. We can see his face.

So let us move in closer, like the Lord.

And from there we see our brother, sister, mother, father, sons, and daughters.

We see the hurt, lonely, imprisoned, and the poor. We see all humanity desperately needing love.

Looking upon the face of Jesus, we see our Salvation.

This is our deepest need — to get and give love. You made us perfect in this way, O Lord.

So let us come together then to listen, to believe, and to give life.

May the Lord’s perfect work be done in Christ — though us together — beloved sons and daughters of God.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


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As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

Matthew 10:7-8

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