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2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

Lord, Walk with Me

I want Jesus to walk with me;
I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

In my trials, Lord, walk with me;
in my trials, Lord, walk with me;
when my heart is almost breaking,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

3 When I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
when I’m in trouble, Lord, walk with me;
when my head is bowed in sorrow,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.[1]

 

When my head is bowed in sorrow, weary of this world, Lord, walk with me. Let me remember that amidst the shattered brokenness, God’s redeeming light pierces through those fissures into even in the deepest of darkness.

In my trials, with doubt, with weariness, with grief this Lenten season, Lord, walk with me. Let me feel the weight of these burdens lightened as Jesus bears the yoke alongside me

When my heart is breaking, in face of overwhelming injustices, pain and fear, Lord, walk with me. Let me never forget that in Jesus is the inauguration of the Kingdom of God into the world.

All along my pilgrim journey with what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. Lord walk with me. Let me draw strength from my creator to continue on, guided by the light of Christ.

 

Let us pray, 

In our troubles, in our heartbreak, in our repentance this Lenten season, may our God of a love which surpasses all understanding wrap us gently in merciful embrace and give us strength for our journey through these 40 days. May we be emboldened by the truth that our God created us for relationship: relationship with God, relationship with one another and relationship with all of creation. Restore us, O God, to show forth your glory in the world. Renew us in the gift of baptism that we may be of good courage as we seek to love and serve one another. Lord, walk with us.

Amen.

 

[1] African American Spiritual, Augsburg Fortress (2006)

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