It’s not that we don’t want to change, God,

it’s just that change is really hard;

the challenges of the world threaten to overwhelm us,

the struggles of living each day come close to being too much,

and so we are tempted to grab the quick-fix, the easy solution,

and inevitably, we are disappointed.


So we pray,

reach into our hearts with courage and hope,

to embrace the tough transformations,

to make the real and lasting changes,

to seek the truly good answers;

for the sake of our families and communities,

our countries and our continents,

our people and our planet,

for the sake of our very selves;


May we find together and alone,

the strength to climb the mountain

and see your glory;

and then to walk to the cross,

through the pain,

until we know the joy and glory

of resurrection.