Day 7, March 20, 2020
“Building a Wall. . .of Prayers”
During the Season of Lent our wonderful Director of Music and Arts, Andy Wallace, sets up a Lenten Prayer Wall. These are the instructions that guide our congregation in how to make use of the Lenten Prayer Wall: “Pilgrims from around the world have come to the Western ‘Wailing Wall’ in Jerusalem to offer their prayers. During Lent, we are invited to write our prayers of hope and peace, sorrow and grief, joy and celebration, penitence and reflection and tuck them into the weaving on the prayer wall. The liturgical color for the season of Lent is purple. You will notice that the weaving starts at the bottom with lighter shades of purple, and as we travel more deeply into Lent, the strips in the weaving are added and grow into deeper shades of purple.”
Our wall is not growing right now. Our wall is not being built. Because we are not gathering for worship, the building of our prayer wall has been interrupted. But we need prayer now more than ever, and I am absolutely certain prayers are being offered from all corners of the world. Rather than stop construction on our prayer wall, we are going to make a change that will allow our wall to grow.
- Email us your Lenten prayer requests.
- We will print out the prayer requests and add them to our prayer wall.
- And the wall will be built, another reminder that even in this time of isolation we are not alone.
There is a moving passage from the prophetic book of Isaiah. The prophet was living in a time of great crisis, a time when the city of Jerusalem had been overrun by the Babylonians, when many had been carried off to captivity, when the temple had been ransacked, and the walls of the city had been destroyed. During this time of crisis the voice of the Lord spoke through the prophet to call the people to a renewed sense of justice, a renewed sense of kindness and compassion for the poor and the oppressed, a renewed sense of concern for the whole community. The promise of God was that if the people joined their hearts in this type of service and sacrifice “your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear.” (Isaiah 58:8) Staring into the bleakness of a city filled with rubble, the prophet envisioned a time when, “You will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with dwellings.” (Isaiah 58:12)
During our time of crisis, I am hoping we will join together in building our Prayer Wall. The construction we are called to at this particular time is not a physical construction, not bricks and mortar, not hammer and nail, and not concrete and rebar. But the construction that happens when the people of God pray is real construction. When we build our Lenten Prayer Wall, we are bringing our hopes, our concerns, our joys, and our fears to God. We are calling on the one who entered the world through the Beloved Son Jesus Christ to enter our world now in ways that bring healing, in ways that bring hope, and in ways that bring wholeness.
Let’s build our wall. Let’s build our Prayer Wall. Let’s build it together. Dear friends, we may be isolated, but remember, we are not alone. Please join me as we bow down before the Lord of heaven and earth and offer our humble prayers to God.
SUBMIT YOUR REQUESTS FOR OUR LENTEN PRAYER WALL TO:
With the love of Christ,