this our All Saints Day prayer

Our God,
We have names—
each one of us,
in our hearts,
where someone’s missing.
Today, we name that truth in worship.
Today, we give thanks for those who gave to us
and taught us and shaped us and loved us,
and are gone—who died.
Today, we name the void they left in our lives.
Today, we give thanks
that while they’re missing from our lives,
no one goes missing from You,
and that within Your love
and around Your table
we are one—
one body,
and our hearts are both full and whole.
May this affirmation sustain us
in days to come
when our hearts don’t feel full and whole—
feel broken.
May the truth infiltrate the truth of our lives.
This our worship prayer, this All Saints Day—
our prayer …
and our names …
in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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