re-creating prayer

In our praying, God,
we turn our list
of names over to You—
our list of concerns and celebrations.
We do so believing
something important happens
when we do.

We don’t believe
we’re telling You anything
You don’t already know.
We don’t believe
there’s just something important
going on in us
focused beyond ourselves
on those we love—
even on those we don’t know,
but whom those we love love.

For we believe
something is created
in our praying—
in our naming—
something new—
something that otherwise wouldn’t have been.

Not an undoing of consequence—
not an inversion of circumstance,
but important.

Our breath,
given to prayer—
warm investment
in living care—
a re-creation of what is
in love,

and our prayers matter—

in the name of God among us,
warm investment in living care—
recreating always
in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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