Senate Prayer for January 14, 2016

“Did the Republicans win?” she asked me from her bed at Hospice House. Kit asked me that right after the 2010 midterm election. As she lay, literally dying, she needed her priest to tell her how well the Republicans did in the election.

When people are dying, sometimes they ask seemingly inappropriate questions, “How is the car running? When did you last call Aunt Jane?” Those questions don’t seem to bear the weight of life and death. But with a little reflection we discover their meaning: people are asking, “If I die now, will everything be OK?”

For Kit, knowing that the Republicans won was a sign, a symbol, a metaphor that the world was in good hands, that she was now free to leave this world behind. (I know that not everyone here felt that way in 2010, but this is a story about Kit, not about you.)

But if the story were about you: what would the sign be? What sign do you need from God, from somewhere beyond that all will be well? And if you know that all would in fact be OK, how would that change you? What could you let go of? How would you now be more free?

Let us pray.

Holy Spirit, give each one of us a sign, a sign made for each one to see and know that all will be well, that things will get better and that things will be OK. Take our hearts filled with anxiety, pessimism and the self-centeredness of overwork, as though it all depended on us. Free our hearts to be trusting hearts, sure in the truth not it’s not us and our effort that will save the world but rather the truth that it is by your sign, your gift, your word alone that the world finds its wellness and its peace. Amen.

Author: Jason

Rev. Jason Wells is the executive director of the New Hampshire Council of Churches. Prior to this position he served Episcopal congregations in New Hampshire for 13 years after his ordination in 2004. Jason is also a board member of the ACLU-NH. He is a former president of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and has served on the Episcopal Church's committee on ecumenical and interfaith relationships. Jason received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and also holds bachelors degrees in computer science and mathematics from Southern Methodist University.