The Quest for Meaning and Church of the Larger Fellowship theme for March 2012 is brokenness. Many prayers arise from the experience of brokenness. When I speak of brokenness, I am not talking about the doctrine of original sin, but the basic human experiences of hurt, disappointment, shattered sense of self or belief, and intense wrenching change. Here is one of my prayers.
Blessing of brokenness, how much we might wish to avoid you, yet here you are in our imperfections, in our shattering, and in our healing. When we prayed for the unbarring of our hearts, for opening to greater generosity and greater compassion, in our arrogance and in our unknowing we had not imagined that the locks would need to be cracked, barriers torn down, humility embraced. When we lose enough to grow grateful, when we hurt enough to bear mercy for and to others, when we find the courage to forgive in our own experiences of imperfection, we find ourselves turning back to the blessings of brokenness, blessings from which goodness may grow, flower, and fruit. Grant us these and the many known and unknown blessings that can only be found and shared in and because of this breaking. May we help one another in our times of trouble and in our imperfect ways to do the best we can, to love generously, to love boldly, to love steadfastly, in every season. Amen.