Daily Worship -

I am with you always

June 10, 2020 1
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Matthew 28: 16-20 (NRSV)

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus,
you said,
“I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Then you left.

Where are you?
You say you are with us, but we only see suffering.
We cry out,
but we’re not sure you hear.
If you are here,
why is there so much pain?
So many lies?
So much greed and selfishness?
Why do some people tread on others,
thinking only of themselves?
Where are you?
I’m not sure about the end of the age,
but, right now, I really could do with your presence.
To soothe and reassure.
To join me in righteous anger.
To help me show compassion.
To give me the wisdom to discern God’s will.

Jesus,
you say you are with us.
Despite our doubting,
our unseeing,
we worship you.
Through our groaning spirits 
and praying lips,
give us the confidence to carry on
in faith,
hope
and love,
trusting in your promise
of constant presence, AMEN.