Breathe: A Prayer for Church Leaders on the Sunday after Easter

When Jesus returned
to that dark and locked room
where the disciples huddled in fear
he demanded no apologies,
no account of ministry tasks performed in his absence,
no statistics of new disciples engaged,
but simply spoke peace, and breathed his Spirit.

As we sit in our locked rooms,
or stream from empty sanctuaries, 
give us again the gift of your peace,
not as reward for services rendered,
but a free gift of grace
simply because we are yours
and always have been.

Give us breath in these exhausting days,
your new life to carry us through
until it is time to go forth again.
But for now, let us simply sit with you,
and breathe in your Spirit. 

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