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This weekend, as we continued to think about ‘rest’ and ‘sabbath’, we used this prayer by Shane Claiborne. Have posted it here as many of us found it useful…hopefully you will too!
Lord of creation,
create in us a new rhythm of life
composed of hours that sustain rather than stress,
of days that deliver rather than destroy,
of time that tickles rather than tackles.
Lord of liberation,
by the rhythm of your truth, set us free
from bondage and baggage that break us,
from Pharaohs and fellows who fail us,
from the plans and pursuits that prey upon us.
Lord of resurrection,
may we be raised into the rhythm of your new life,
dead to deceitful calendars,
dead to fleeting friend requests,
dead to the empty pace of our accomplishments.
To our packed planners, we bid, “Peace!”
To our over-caffinated consciences, we say, “Cease!”
To our suffocating selves, Lord, grant release.
Drowning in a sea of deadlines and death chimes,
we rest in you, our lifeline.
By your ever-restful grace,
allow us to enter your Sabbath rest
as your sabbath rest enters into us.
In the name of our Creator,
our Liberator,
our Resurrection and Life,
we pray,

(Prayer taken from ‘Common Prayer’ by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro)