For millions of people around the world, the week that is about to begin is known as Holy Week in Christianity. It is the last week of Lent in the western world – the week just before Easter. It begins with Palm Sunday and includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
It will be a difficult week – and not just for Christians who will be observing the most difficult week in Jesus’ time.
It’s been said that “where there is no vision the people perish.” Just as the people needed a vision in the time of Jesus, so too do we, the people of today, need a vision. As we move through COVID19, Holy Week and the weeks ahead, I pray that this little Weaving Prayer can become a catalyst for vision and hope for our world.
May this coming week be one of
hope – not panic;
gentle reflection – not listening to the fearmongers;
inner response – not letting statistics cloud our vision of hope;
and a deepening of the Spirit around the world.
Weave, O Holy One,
our differing threads of opinions
our global fear
our various political strands
our diverse liturgical expressions
our different ways of looking at the world
into a sacred tapestry
so that we will be empowered to hope and vision
vision a world
not fear, not ego, not pursuit of power, not idolization of money
are the centre of decisions, thoughts, actions and conversations
Great Weaver of us all
when we find ourselves regretting … the past
when we are uncertain … of the present
when we are fearful … of the future
May this Holy Week, O Great Weaver
May we not focus on the underside of the Tapestry
where our knottedness,
and tattered threads can be seen.
May we envision the entire Tapestry
a tapestry of differing colours, customs, abilities, religions, languages, ages
a tapestry of community
as we all work – together – globally during this COVID19
towards a vision of love, peace, respect and kindness for this world you have given.
© June Maffin