Daily Prayers for April 18

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us bow down and bend the knee : let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

Song “Were You There?”

Even in the darkness, we will trust : that our lives are still in your hands.

Psalm 90:1 4, 12

Lord, you have been our refuge : from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born : from age to age you are God.

You turn us back to the dust and say : “Go back, O child of earth.”

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past : and like a watch in the night.

So teach us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Even in the darkness, we will trust : that our lives are still in your hands.

Exodus 33:1 – 23 1 Thes-salo-nians 4:13 – 18

Even in the darkness, we will trust : that our lives are still in your hands.

Sixteenth-century Spanish mystic John of the Cross wrote:

Oh, night that guided me

oh, night more lovely than the dawn,

oh, night that joined Beloved with lover

Lover transformed in the Beloved!

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Guide us, Lord, through the dark places of our day that we might trust you when shadows overcome the light. Remind us that darkness is as light to you. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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