Read Psalm 80:1-7.
We are a people who grow frustrated in our lives, and feel entitled to instant gratification. We find ourselves feeling abandoned, because we first abandon God. We long for tangible signs of God’s presence, even though we know the Holy Spirit does not always appear in the ways we desire. We ask that God does not turn God’s back on us, even though we turn our backs on the other.
Oh God, we pray that you will not only show your face to us, but to the other in our midst as well. We pray for all who have experienced traumas and sufferings unknown to us. We ask for your grace and your mercy. Amen.