By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

Jan Richardson has long been an inspiration to me in the task of approaching God in prayer. Her prayer below, whether read aloud or not, has the capacity to calm the chaos that is so ever-present these days. The way she uses the enter key to elongate the prayer down the page gives you just enough virtual and visual breathing room to “let there be a calming.”

When her husband died unexpectedly in 2013, and the sacred landscape of her household tore in two, a book of prayers arose from within her called The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief, from which “Blessing in the Chaos” has come. It is personal in a way that says “I’ve walked these roads of sorrow” but accessible in a way that allows each of us to adopt her words into our own hearts to help us address the mystery of God in our own sorrows.

May God be the blessing in your chaos this morning.



Let us pray:

Blessing in the Chaos

To all that is chaotic

in you,

let there come silence.

Let there be

a calming

of the clamoring,

a stilling

of the voices that

have laid their claim

on you,

that have made their

home in you,

that go with you

even to the

holy places

but will not

let you rest,

will not let you

hear your life

with wholeness

or feel the grace

that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you


Let what divides you


Let there come an end

to what diminishes

and demeans,

and let depart

all that keeps you

in its cage.

Let there be

an opening

into the quiet

that lies beneath

the chaos,

where you find

the peace

you did not think


and see what shimmers

within the storm.

—Jan Richardson, b. 1967

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