A Prayer from Augustine


My friend Laura wasn’t able to come back to seminary this year. I miss her like crazy. She has that perfect mixture of humor and heart. I miss our talks. I wish I would have spent less time stressing about homework last year and more time hanging out with her. I know Laura will be a lifelong friend, but I still get to miss her.

During Spiritual Formation Group last year, Laura used this poem during the class she led. I carried it in my backpack for awhile and at the end of last school year, I put it under the glass that covers my desk so I could see it when I needed to pray it. You certainly are welcome to print it and keep it somewhere you’ll see it in case you need to pray it. For now though, I just invite you to read through it and let it sink into your soul.

Let us pray.

O Lord our God,
under the covering of your wings we set our hope (Exodus 19:4).
Protect us and bear us up.
It is you who will carry us;
You will bear us up from our infancy until old age (Isaiah 46:4).
When you are our firm support, then it is firm indeed.
But when our support rests on our own strength,
it is infirmity.
Our good is life with you forever,
and because we turned away from that, we became twisted.
Let us now return to you that we may not be overturned.
Our good is life with you and suffers no deficiency (Psalm 101:28);
for you yourself are that good.
We have no fear that there is no home to which we may return because we fell from it.
During our absence our house suffers no ruin;
it is your eternity.

About SaraBSutter

I serve as the pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield, Iowa. My husband Steve and I are excited to be in a friendly small town and look forward to the years ahead. In addition to nerdy church stuff, I love reading books, writing, good coffee, cats, and football.

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