A Liturgy for the Fog

For one in need of Shalom

In the seasons of life marked by fog, sadness, depression, or loss
We know you will protect our hearts
keep us from the lies of darkness
when we cannot see where we are going

When all that pours out is brokenness
We know you offer grace
the healing balm of love over our hearts

When we cannot see the way
You are paving it for us
and will reveal in your perfect time

When we cannot seem to pray
We will cry out in any broken whisper we can muster

When we cannot read your word
or they seem disconnected from us, like words on a page
We know you love us and speak to us still

When we cannot find hope
We know that you hold hope for us

When we feel no peace
We know you are peace
you give us your peace

When we feel there is no space for all our pain and hurt
We know you hold space for us
space for us to be our true selves (the selves you created us to be)
to express our true emotions
no matter how dark they feel

When other mediums fall short at connecting my heart to you
We can experience you through:

the moving of a rainstorm
the song of a bird
the buzz of a bee
the watering of a flower
a handful of snow
a contemplative walk
the laughter of a child
the voice of a friend
the smell of coffee
the reminder of truth in song
the comfort of a pillow or blanket

a glimpse at our own beauty –
the beauty of your creation
the Imago Dei
you say it is good
you say I am good

the simplicity and beauty of liturgy

the reminder that we are not alone
the reminder that David, Joseph, Moses, Mary, Hannah, and Ruth
poured their hearts out to you
the reminder that you welcome us to pour our hearts out to you

You make a way in the wilderness
You lead us to the streams of living water
You have placed our feet on solid ground
You have made my lot secure

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Psalm 91:4 NLT

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance
Psalm 16:5-6 NIV


What are everyday ways that you can seek shalom? It doesn’t have to be big or grand.

There is a liturgical book called “Every Moment Holy.” What are some simple ways you can make the every day moments holy?


  1. Tawnee October 31, 2018

    This is so beautiful!! And perfectly need for just a time as this!

  2. Carrie October 31, 2018

    This is great! It’s so encouraging!

  3. Dani Troyer October 31, 2018

    This is such a raw honest prayer. Thank you for these words!

  4. Elizabeth October 31, 2018

    Thank you for this. I needed it.

  5. Hadassah Doss November 1, 2018

    This is wxcellent! And just what I needed, as well! Hugs to you, Rachel, and blessings!

  6. Jennifer November 1, 2018

    I do not know the circumstances which prompted you to write these words. I very rarely comment on things that I read but just as the Spirit was speaking to you through your own writing, He was speaking to me to express the hurt and confusion, the sadness of a situation that just this weekend I described as a “fog.” Thank you for pointing my hurt heart back to an amazing God– I have been praying and waiting on Him to bring me peace this day— and it was through these words that He has answered that prayer. Thank you for being obedient to the musings which He places on your heart and mind.

    1. Rachel Zimmerman July 22, 2019

      Wow, Jennifer.
      Thank you for taking the time to write this out. Such a soothing balm of encouragement to a newbie writer’s soul. blessings & deep breaths in the foggy seasons. they don’t last forever.

  7. Monica F November 1, 2018

    This is beautiful. Thank you for writing and sharing this moving piece for this community.

  8. Tara November 1, 2018

    Beautifully written and very inspiring. He is doing great work through you and in you.

  9. Rachel Zimmerman July 22, 2019

    welp. that’s awkward. it asked for an image… so i gave it an image! i was thinking it would be a thumbnail pic– not a huge one! hahaha. ya win some, ya lose some.

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