Dear God, come with me into this day. Be with me where
the dark things are. Take my hand through the valley of
shadow; cast out fear and pride from my heart. Allow me to
see that great hollow spot in me that has never been transformed
into you. Take me to the “Lazarus gulf”; do not spare me
from the terror of it. Only, please God, do not let go of me
for I will fall into my fear and leave you.
Praise be to you, shining shield of love. Alleluia to
you, great God of warmth whose strong hand in my own keeps taking
me to places I’d rather not go. My trust is in you, divine
companion. O maker of mine, O giver of my life, trudge with
me down my path of death into the murky mud of my sin. Stay
with me as I see how unlike you I am, and then, beautiful gift of
goodness, turn my heart around to face you. Allow me to
behold the radiance of your astounding, wonderful beauty.
Then, my loving God, I will be home.