Melissa Haupt, who wrote the prayers for this article, is a Ph.D. candidate in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Articles by this author:
- A Scripture Reading of Assurance and Lament for Two Voices
Psalm 139 is a testimony to God’s unlimited capacity to know us and to be present with us. Psalm 88, by contrast, is a psalm of lament and unrelenting darkness and is the only psalm that does not include a vow of praise or a statement of hope.
Yet Psalm 139 contains surprising verses of imprecation asking for God’s vengeance, and even amid the darkness of Psalm 88 the psalmist cries out to the God believed to be his Savior.
- A Prayer with Sung Refrain for All Affected by Mental Illnesses
Refrain: “Dans nos obscurités/Within Our Darkest Night” Taizé, LUYH 417
God, our Creator,
who spoke light into the darkness,
we gather to offer our sacrifice of praise.
While it is right to give you our thanks and praise,
we acknowledge that there are some in our midst enduring a deep pain
and for whom joy and praise seem impossible.
Wherever we find ourselves today,