Prayer & Praise
You are a mouthful on the lips of our grandparents.
The hard part is you in our present,
For after the easy violations we readily acknowledge then come the darker, hidden ones:
aware that appearance does not match reality;
aware that walk is well behind talk;
aware that we are enmeshed in cruelty systems
well hidden but defining;
and we have no great yearning to be delivered from them.
Forgive us for the ways in which we are bewitched,
too settled, at ease in false places.
You in our present: gracious,
We in the shadows asking you to do what you have done;
to be whom you have been,
That we may do what we have never dared dream,
be whom we have never imagined … free, unencumbered, unanxious, joyous, obedient …
Yours, and not ours.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 32). Kindle Edition.