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Another Prayer for the Young Adults

I AM

Great I AM,
You give us a name of seeming ambiguity,
Yet you give us a name of Promise, Hope, and Possibility.

We read and hear about aspects of who you were and what you have done.

Sometimes, in moments of faithfulness we proclaim who You are,
and, unfortunately, in moments of arrogance we expound upon who we think You are or how we think that You should be.

Thank You for times when in moments of doubt and/or faithfulness we can still proclaim that You are.

Other times we feel like You are not,
or that You are – but for other places and other people and not with us here and now.

Forgive us, Help us, Heal us, Be to us,
for Your glory, honor, and praise,
because You were, You are, and You will be for us forever.
Amen.

*Another “prayer plainly spoken” for the US-2s and Mission Interns based upon reflections around Exodus 3:14 in which God’s response to Moses’ question of, “Who shall I say sent me?” is, “Tell them, ‘I AM that I AM has sent me to you.'” This is the English rendering, yet the Hebrew has a fuller sense of continuation in that it also could be translated, “I was that I was, and I will be what I will be.”

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The Great I AM: A Prayer for the Young Adults in Mission

May the Great I AM
Hear You
Deliver You
Protect You
May the Great I AM
Provide for You
Nourish You
Guide You and Lead You
May the Great I AM
Teach You
Train You
Transform You
May the Great I AM
Redeem You
Restore You
Rejoice over You
May the Great I AM
have all of your lives –
all of your faith, hope, and trust,
all of your doubt, anxieties, failures, and shortcomings –
that you may know the Great I AM in ever deeper and fuller ways
because the Great I AM – the triune God – was, is,
and will be for you…forever.
Alleluia.
AMEN
*This prayer of blessing, in the Celtic Tradition, was written for the young adults currently being trained in Stony Point, NY with the United Methodist Church. The story of Israel’s Exodus and Exile and relationship with God (“I AM” is the name given to Moses by God in the book of Exodus, and it is a name by which Jews and Christians continue to call on God today) as seen through the stories of the Old Testament.*

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