Here is a poetic prayer that captures the heart of how and why we pray, written by one of our Navah leaders.
God the eternal Family, God alive, God inside, God the Father, Son and Spirit. Jesus all in all, sent to an orphaned world to reveal the Father. Daughters not orphans, sons not slaves, saved by grace, favored not forgotten. Names, faces, shared graces. Male, female, young, old. Wealthy, poor, kids, parents. Diverse in culture, united in Jesus, church as family. Home, praying from rest, living prayer, forgiven and forgiving, covenant not contract, family not company. Grace not striving, healing of every kind, honor not criticism, giving not fearing. Head to the heart, dreaming not hopeless, all things possible, joy not duty, joy in surrender, joy in everything. Tables with good food, weeping with losses, celebrating not competing, better together than alone. Miracles and mundane, more human is more holy, serving the least, quality of life, everyone welcome, giving and receiving, thankful not demanding. Neighborhoods matter, no divide of sacred and secular, social adventuring, matter matters but is not worshipped. Power, not just forms of godliness lacking substance. Spirit of adoption, everyone plays, not just a few all-stars, sending and receiving, nations. Blessed to bless, serving the least, uncomfortable hospitality, adoption not religion. The Cross and Resurrection, Kingdom not empire. Devastated families restored, broken institutions renewed, ruined parts of our city rebuilt.
“There is one body and one Spirit…one hope…one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
Your Kingdom Come in Kansas City, Your Kingdom Come in all the World, Your Kingdom Come until the whole World is Home and everything is Beautiful!