Written by Dominique Gilliard, Spring 2016
In this Lenten season, help us to understand the meaning of your Son’s self-giving love
in his death and resurrection,
and empower us to embody this love in our lives.
In Your great mercy, you sent your beloved Son to dwell among us.
He prioritized what this world deems weak and lowly,
He proclaimed Good News to the poor,
set captives free,
gave sight to the blind,
and worked to free the oppressed in the midst of announcing the year of the Lord’s favor.
Jesus’ faith, expressed in love, threatened the status quo and caused the Roman Empire to crucify him.
Jesus faithfully endured the cross.
As a suffering servant, your son, like a sheep, was led to slaughter on account of his faithful witness.
In humility, he bore the shame, humiliation, and torture of the death penalty,
and did so, on our behalf, to conquer death and free us from captivity to sin.
God, we confess that we are incapable in our own strength,
so we ask you today to create space in our life
where we may ponder Jesus’ suffering
and heed your summons to suffer with Christ,
acknowledging that suffering and death are part of the cost of discipleship.
So we pray for your Church, asking you to transform us when we are driven to denial-
Tempted not to acknowledge the suffering,
not to engage it,
not to respond to it.
My your Spirit be that way of truth among us
that we should not deceive ourselves:
we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
May we suffer with Christ in the world today,
so that we may also be glorified with him and bear witness to our true citizenship.
We petition you to reveal to us what it means to truly be crucified with Christ today, within the confines of the U.S. Empire.
Remind us during this season that loss is indeed our gain.
We give you thanks for that mystery in which we live and the grace that you have bestowed upon us.
We pray all of this in Jesus’ name, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.