Prayer for the Week: A Mid-Winter Petition

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In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

Christina Rosetti

Life is hard and cold right now Lord

Nothing seems to go right

Everything is frozen




It is cold

How do I get unstuck, unfrozen?

When does life get moving again?

I am halfway across this particular river and winter has come

and now I am frozen mid-winter, mid-stream

All that I see is down in front of me, on all sides of me

water, hard, frozen, motionless

Look up? Look around? you say?


It’s winter…

It’s cold…

It’s hard…

It’s harsh

I’m frozen

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.

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Wow Lord. Wow.

What beauty

What brilliance

What magnificence!

I’m still cold and stuck and uncertain Lord

But I am not alone and the view is not a bleak midwinter one at all.


What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

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