Each month, West Ohio Conference joins together in prayer for a specific ministry or mission focus. This month, our prayers acknowledge the loss and grief many of us feel during this time of unrest.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.
This Psalm of lament echoes the cries of many of God’s children as death, disease, injustice, and turmoil swirl around us. How long will it be, God? How long will our individual preferences override someone else’s safety? How long will we allow people who live in poverty to struggle without the possibility of earning a living wage? How long will those with Black and Brown bodies be forced to wonder if they will ever know safety? And how long will the Church stay silent? Establish the work of our hands, O God, as we use our hands to work for justice.