Monday, May 18, 2020

Stanley Hauerwas: A Prayer For Pandemic Times

Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon are leading a Zoom webinar, Reading Barth Together. Each week they discuss a few chapters from Karl Barth's Dogmatics in Outline. So far, it's been pretty cool. It's interesting to hear these two guys—both very influential in their own right—engage a thinker who's been so influential on both of them.

The highlight, so far—at least regarding the experience—has been Stan's prayer at the conclusion of session two. Here it is. See below the video queued to where the moderator raises the prayer request.

God of time,
Lord of creation,
We feel lost in the cosmos.
We are not sure what's happening to us.
We're not sure how to respond.
Help us receive you as the Lord of all that is,
Making it possible for us to rejoice in your befriending us,
So that we might befriend one another in times of loneliness and isolation.
Make us love one another and even ourselves,
So that we might see in a world that seems lost
That we are in contact with one another by being made in your image.
Thank you for this time together.
May it feel as though we are enjoying one another and you.
In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ

If you'd like to have the prayer as an image, click here.

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