Daily Prayer 365

Day 126
Wednesday, January 4, 2023


In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From holy temple the Lord heard my voice, and my cry reached God’s ears. —Psalm 18:6

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without, vulnerability is not a choice, vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding undercurrent of our natural state. To run from vulnerability is to run from the essence of our nature, the attempt to be invulnerable is the vain attempt to become something we are not and most especially, to close off our understanding of the grief of others. More seriously, in refusing our vulnerability we refuse the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal, and conversational foundations of our identity.  —David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

When the undercurrent of vulnerability cuts us to the quick, hear our cry and allow us to come forth alive, awake, mobilized to draw near to one another, unguarded, unshielded, newly open. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

January 4, 2023

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