Friday Prayer, October 2, 2015

Tears of Colour © used with permission of Anne Camozzi.
Tears of Colour © used with permission of Anne Camozzi.

O God,

You hold me. You keep me steady in seasons of waiting. You keep me trusting in seasons of struggle. You keep me hoping in seasons of confusion. I thank you, God, for holding me in all these times, and for holding all my questions…

So many questions…

Please teach me, God, to breathe in your peace when all seems uncertain, and to exhale anxiety when all feels unknown. With your renewing fingers, stretch and mold my spirit to a fresh flexibility and grace.

I hear once again your call to hold my life with open hands. To realize I’m not as in control as I want to be. I can plan, prepare, hope, and pray, but sometimes, surprises blindside me.

I try to make things go my way, but sometimes, they don’t.

I work to change people I love, but sometimes, they won’t.

I do my very best and work my very hardest, but sometimes, it’s still not enough for what I want.

And so, dear God, I open my hands in release, letting all that I am and all that I hold float up into the loving hands you stretch out toward me.

I breathe in your peace, and as I exhale, I unclench my fists…releasing control, trusting your promises.

In your trustworthy name, Jesus. Amen.


  1. Arianne, Thank you for this meaningful prayer—it is so appropriate in relation to what recently happened in Platte, SD and also in Harrisburg this week. I was also in touch with Rev. Denzel Nonhof who is the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis and mentioned in our bulletin last Sunday. They have a significant ministry at the Sturgis event each year. Keep on encouraging us to pray specifically! Blessings, Gene

  2. My dear friend Taff Silliman has sent me your link. I very much appreciate your conversations with God and was especially moved by today’s Friday Prayer.

    Thank you, Peace be with you

    Ellen Sandrock Madison Wisconsin

    Sent from my iPad

    1. Oh Ellen, what an encouragement your message was! I’m so grateful and humbled to hear this. We share a mutual blessing in the shared friendship with Taff – what a remarkable person she is!! God bless you, Ellen, and thank you!

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