By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace. – Hebrews 11:29-31 (NRSV)
Inspiration of Rahab and Joshua,
May our loyalty to you motivate in us bold courage;
Not for our own feats of power,
But to believe with others for yours.
We confess that our lack of trust makes us timid,
And our timidity is catching.
May we cling to you as a newborn at her mother’s breast,
In wavering confidence we seek other streams,
Yet you are the only source of true nurturance.
You are God of the unlikely
Your rescuing heart beyond imagining
We muster the nerve to turn to you in need
Hoping that perhaps
You might respond in power
On our behalf.