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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Prayer: There is a crack in everything

Here is a prayer that I wrote for a recent Bread for the World service at St Martin-in-the-Fields which was prepared by the Disability Advisory Group. The prayer is based on both 2 Corinthians 4. 5 - 14 and Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem'

Lord Jesus, in your face we see the light of the knowledge of the glory of God. Your light in our lives is like a flame inside a cracked clay jar, with your light seen through the lines of stress and tension that characterise our lives. As flawed people in a fragile world, we recognise that there is a crack in everything. We recognise, too, that it is through the cracks in our existence that your light gets in and shines out. We share in the vulnerability and suffering that was your experience of death in order that your life is also seen as being our strength in weakness. May we not be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken or destroyed, but in the stresses and tensions of our lives know your power loving and sustaining us. May we no longer strive after perfect offerings and pray instead that every heart to love with come, but as a refugee. Amen.


Leonard Cohen - Anthem.

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