A Prayer for Holy Week

Come, gather round and let this Holy Week meet you

in your weariness and wonder

doubt and belief

sadness and joy

song and dance

prayers and silence

come and know these stories are yours. 

Come, pull up a chair and rest

bring your tired bodies

and let Jesus hold your hand

here his words:
Take and eat

Come and drink

and receive his offer:

Let me wash your feet

Let Jesus care for you and feed you

let his love fill you 

and send you forth 

into your communities to do the same

to love your neighbor as you have first been loved. 

Come, sit at the foot of the cross

weary and watchful

broken open for the sake of the world

knowing tears are holy

and your body can release it’s worries.

Come and wait

sit in the small moments of stillness

of deep breaths

of holy pauses

forever keeping your eyes on the Lord.

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a writer, pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and mother of two. She is the author of The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years out now. She writes on the intersection of faith and parenting, searching for holiness in the ordinary. Her widely acclaimed stories on faith and motherhood have appeared in The Christian Century, Living Lutheran, Coffee + Crumbs, and more. She lives in Cole Camp, Missouri. Connect with her at kimberlyknowlezeller.com, on Instagram @kknowlezeller, or her monthly newsletter.  

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