Leading up to the Special Council on Human Sexuality in April, the Reformed Church in America has published a series of 21 devotionals to help the denomination and participants prepare. We encourage all Room for All supporters to sign up to receive these devotionals via email and follow along as we pray for the church and particularly those LGBTQ people who are participating.
In addition, Room for All has commissioned a series of 21 Inclusive Prayers and Devotionals written by supporters and friends of Room for All to coincide with and complement the RCA’s series. We will publish those here on OUTsights over the next 21 days.
These readings and prayers are solely the words and opinions of each guest writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of Room for All, their staff, or the board.
A Prayer from Psalm 103 from Rev. Kent Busman
Psalm 103: 1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Whatever the status of our lives. Whatever our brokenness may be. Whatever the weight of soul or flesh that haunts us.
Whatever we perceive as lacking: be it love, mercy, peace, or goodness.
Whatever we face, O Lord, you are the “Who” that has not forgotten nor abandoned us.
May we look to You today, “Who” forgives our brokenness.
May we look to You today, “Who” binds our wounds.
May we look to You today, “Who” lifts us when it seems that hope has fled
And still calls us ‘child.’
May we live in your presence today, satisfied with You “Who” renews us
And blesses us to be a blessing to those around us.