A Wilderness Prayer


My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which you have redeemed.  – Psalm 71:23

At times, God, this wilderness journey I call life becomes long and hard. There are stones in the road and mountains to climb. There are paths that seem to go on forever, leading nowhere.

And then there is the baggage I am carrying with me . . . heavy, cumbersome, oppressive, more burden than I can possibly haul around. How will I make this journey? Where will I find the strength to walk such rough roads and climb such steep pathways?

God of my long journey, where will I find streams of life-giving water in the desert? When will I make peace with the past and open my spirit to healing grace? When will I pick myself up from the dusty roadside and walk on to better days? When will my mourning turn to music?

Walk beside me when I must travel rough patches, God. Lead me, in sunshine and in shadow.

When my aloneness disheartens me, give me companions and friends.

Fill my soul with hope’s music and give me the heart to sing. Amen.

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