Daily Prayer 365

Day 134
Thursday, January 12, 2023


The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out. Their cry for help rose up to God from their slavery. God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.  —Exodus 2:23–25

I pray because God, the Shekhinah (the Indwelling One), is an outcast. I pray because God is in exile, because we all conspire to blur all signs of God’s presence in the present or in the past. I pray because I refuse to despair, because extreme denials and defiance are refuted in the confrontation of my own presumption and the mystery all around me. I pray because I am unable to pray. —Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity

Carry this prayer. Hear it, God. I refuse to despair. Surround me in your mystery, even as my groaning ascends to your ear. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

January 12, 2023

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