Today (25th May) is the feast of the Ascension and the beginning of the Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer. It is a day to be reminded that this is God’s world and we can have complete trust and confidence in God’s enduring love and goodness – whatever happens. A timely message to hold the grieving and fear, the responses of compassion, love and hospitality over the past few days. Love always wins through. Alleluia.
It was a fitting day to be asked to lead prayers at the Minute’s Silence for the victims of the Manchester attack on Monday (22nd May). This is the prayer I wrote to bring that period of silence to a close, drawing on the Ascension hope.
God of love, compassion and justice,
on this day that we celebrate
the Ascension of your Son Jesus Christ
refresh our hope and trust in you.
When evil strikes
strengthen our resolve to live in peace,
to hold and embrace the grieving,
to build and nurture the bonds that unite,
for all are children of your promise
and equally loved in your sight. Amen.
© Ian Black 2017