February 26: An iGen’r Request


Lenten Devotion: An iGen'r Request

Monday, February 26, 2018

An iGen'r Request
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Recently, at a trendy restaurant in a city more liberal than San Francisco, the waiter began serving us our entrees – “us” being my nineteen year-old son, three of his fraternity brothers, and me.   One of them talked congenially with the waiter, whom he recognized from the gym.  Suddenly and surprisingly, my son lifted his hands and asked if I would pray.

I looked around, amazed, as the young men reached out and took each other’s hands, shut their eyes, and bowed their heads, waiting for me to begin.  The server continued to place the dishes before us.  Other diners around us sipped cocktails and engaged in lively conversation.  Hip music played in the background.  The young men sat there holding their raised hands near their hearts, waiting for me, as if it were completely normal.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away…

The boys were waiting patiently to hear a Word.  I was waiting to hear from God to speak through me.

“Holy One,” I began, and the words flowed out stronger with each breath, as I prayed for their health and safety, and that of their community, our country, and our world.  I prayed for wisdom in seeking God’s guidance in our daily lives, making good choices and being of service.  I thanked God for the meal before us and all the hands and hearts involved in preparing it, that it would strengthen our bodies as God’s spirit strengthens our souls.

Then they all joined me in saying “Amen” aloud, as if it were completely normal.

Rev. Stephanie Ryder
SFTS MDiv 2014