You come to us just as we are, Loving God,
not as we would like to be.

You encourage us to express our fears to a trusted one;
you will not let us keep our anxiety to ourselves.

You come to us just as we are, Loving God,
not as we would like to be.
You encourage us to hear the deepest fear
of those near and dear to us;
you will give us the words we need, the quiet time we need.

You come to us just as we are, Loving God,
not as we would like to be.
You encourage us to examine the source of our disquiet;
you will go with us as we challenge the complacent.

We pray in the name of Jesus, wise teacher and good listener,
Amen

—By David Sparks, United Church of Canada minister