|Cross, Osage Forest of Peace, Sand Springs, Oklahoma.|
Most Merciful God,
in the silence before dawn
as the world pauses and turns in sleep:
hear our prayer.
Hold open the gate into our hearts, O Christ,
and bid us to enter with You into life eternal.
We are prone to wander far astray,
even from ourselves:
but You, Lord Jesus, are the Truth and the Way.
Let us abide with You this day,
keeping silent watch
in a garden far away.
Let our spirits rise on the wings of angels,
as we wait, and watch, and weep.
Dry the tears of those who suffer or mourn,
and let your healing pour over all in your embrace, O God.
We join the prayer of all creation,
carried aloft by our soul's longing:
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Lord, hear our prayer.