December 4, 2023

Awaken Me

In these days all I see is war: pain, suffering, deepening darkness.

All I want to do is crawl back into bed.

Hide under the covers. Yet your Word calls to me.

Bringing HOPE.
I step out in faith once more,

making my way to you. In you I find the good news that

One day we will beat our swords into plowshares.

Spears into pruning hooks.
I dream of the day we study war no more.

Bringing PEACE.
I know that plans are unfolding,

that there are helpers and healers among us.
Doing the hard work of making the world a better place. Bringing JOY.

Remind me to look for the signs of your promise this day. Call to me once more to walk in your way —

Bringing LOVE.
Awaken me this day to the ways your kin-dom is near.


God of hope, on days when the world seems too dark, awaken us to your good work happening in our lives and world. May we be mindful of the ways your peace reigns among us this day. Embolden us to share your love and joy with those we encounter. May we walk in your ways this day and always. Amen.

Rev. Maggie Alsup Chaplain, Lyon College