Prayer & Praise
You voice the church into obedience,
You voice us, now and then, into newness,
You speak and call into existence that which does not exist.
You speak and address us, and make all things new.
And we should answer you:
we in our shabbiness before your splendor,
we in our timidity before your magnificence,
we in our poverty before your wealth,
we in our foolishness before your wisdom.
We stammer and stutter and pause and parry, silent, mute, reluctant, with only one gift back to you-that of tongue.
So for our tongues-thousands and thousands of them, we give you thanks:
that we may speak back to you your wonder,
that we may sing back to you your presence,
that we may vow back to you our obedience.
You speak and we are,
You listen and we are voiced, always again on our way rejoicing.
Walter Brueggemann;Anna Carter Florence. Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (Kindle Locations 329-332). Kindle Edition.