help us to touch as you have

mother and daughter by GiselaFotografie

Dear God, you alone know the loneliness
   and thus the terror of our lives.
Indeed you know us better than we can know ourselves.
Give us your knowledge of us
   so that we might not be so alone.
Be with those who seem simply lost, abandoned, alienated
   from friends and from you.
Heal us with your unrelenting hospitality,
   so that we are capable of breaking through
   the splendid isolation we create,
   which we call freedom and power.
Help us to be touched and be able to touch
   without violence.
We know that is possible only because you have touched us
   with the body and blood of your Son.
Thank you for that. Amen.

Stanley Hauerwas, 1940- , American ethicist and theologian


If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
When I thought, “My foot slips,”
    your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul.

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