Prayer as a sentinel in winter

Winter Prayer: A Cry for Relief when Hope Is Frozen

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As winter yearns for spring, 

As a frozen river anticipates thaw, O Lord, 

We wait on you,

Longing for release 

From this illness, loss, 

Isolation, and uncertainty.

Their cold claws tear at us.

A river of hope

Tears form icicles on our faces,

Dreams hang as sundogs in the winter sky.

Our hopes too are icebound.

Will a thaw come?

Healing? Ordinary life?

Will our families, children, jobs, churches survive?

Tulips promising hope

O Lord, open our world like a flower in spring.

Crack the glacier into shards of light.

Help us remember that seasons 


Not as a man-made clock,

With jerky, impersonal, preciseness,

Rather with an assuring rhythm,

Gliding smooth and sweet,

Like a trombone changing notes

At the will of the conductor.

Trombone player in Seattle

O Lord, assure us,

That just as sun, moon, and moods

Of your world obey 

Your rhythm,

This too will elapse.

Footsteps in the snow

Hear our prayers, O Lord!

Speak warm words

To us through

Your steady heartbeat.

Help us follow and hope in your rhythm,

Even as sunrise follows sunset,

And one season follows another.

Sunrise in Colorado

We trust in you,

As we listen to the rhythm

Of your heartbeat

Of persistent love,

Careful provision, 

In the very nature

Of your created world.

A bee searches for nectar



P.S. This is the prayer I’m praying for you this next week. I will write and publish a new prayer each Thursday.

8 thoughts on “Winter Prayer: A Cry for Relief when Hope Is Frozen”

  1. Judy Sterk

    Such beautiful thoughts, Eugene. Praying that the painful condition you are in will be relieved soon. God bless you as you endure this trial. Sending virtual hugs to you and Dee Dee.

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