Little lives, big problems

About six weeks ago, I read the prayer below by Howard Thurman (1900-1981), quoted by Richard Rohr. As Election Day drew nearer, I found myself returning to these words as I claimed the underlying grace we need across our nation and planet:

Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Thy altar!
The quietness in Thy Temple of Silence again and again rebuffs us:

… We do not know how to do what we know to do.
We do not know how to be what we know to be.

Pour out upon us whatever our spirits need of shock, of lift, of release
That we may find strength for these days—
Courage and hope for tomorrow.
In confidence we rest in Thy sustaining grace
Which makes possible triumph in defeat, gain in loss, and love in hate.
We rejoice this day to say:
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Thy altar!

Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission

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