a prayer for scorned souls

hiking boots on the mountain

To you we lift up our eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens—

Our world has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

We pray for those in our world who are despised,
those who have no chance to build their walls
because great forces of evil prevent it.
Fight for persecuted Christians.
Frustrate the plots of people who crush
the opportunities of women in developing countries.
Buoy up Christians who are working for justice, nonviolence, and equality,
whose efforts are mocked by pragmatists who say,
“Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish—and burned ones at that?”
Give us a mind to work despite the confusion
caused by cultural scripts for sex, consumerism, and racism.

To you we lift up our eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens—

Our community has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

We pray for those in our community who are mocked,
those whose work is great and widely spread out,
those who are separated from sources of encouragement.
Holy Spirit, sweep into the studies of lonely, isolated pastors.
Bring your gospel boldness to Christian academics
who are not taken seriously by their secular peers.
Sustain non-profits that work from the break of dawn until the stars come out.

To you we lift up our eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens—

Our soul has had more than its fill
of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

We pray for ourselves, scorned as we are,
discouraged by voices, internal and external, that say,
“That stone wall they are building—any fox going up on it would break it down!”
Do not let our self-doubt come up against us.
Thwart our addictions as they plot together to fight us.
Give us strength and determination
to keep working at strained and broken relationships.

Our eyes rest on you, Lord, awaiting your kindness.
Amen.

(This post is one in a November series for NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. You can find the rest here!)

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