Wednesday, September 25, 2013

9-24-13 Tuesday Prayer (a day late): More Than This...

Tuesday Prayer for 9/24/13: More than this...

Inspired by Jeremiah 32:13a, 6-15; Luke 16:19-31; and Seamus Heaney

One: Is this really what we have?  This land this land soaked with waste and short-sightedness?  This land paved over with parking lots and roadways?  This land that we fight and kill over?  There must be...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  Is this really what we have?  These people soaked with violence and greed?  These people used and abused by those who are addicted to power and wealth?  These people who fight and kill each other?  There must be...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  Is this really what we have?  These souls soaked with cowardice and grandiosity?  These souls broken and crushed and twisted and cold?  These souls lost and forgotten?  There must be...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  There must be...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  There must be...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  There must be more than this...  There is that water, air and decay that heals that land and makes way for the life that was sleeping; waiting; that tree that breaks through the pavement and makes it dirt again; the peace that is stronger than the green things that break through and make the cracks in the sidewalk.  There is...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  We are that people through whom flows hope and commitment; the people who rise up on a great warm wind and are set free from that which burdens us; the people who create peace and give shape to justice.  There is...
Many: ...more than this.
One:  We have these souls that, although sometimes painfully bent, cannot break; souls that are fed by courage and give birth to life; souls connected to the source of all souls and great love; souls that always - always - are closer to more beginnings than endings.  There is...
Many: ...more than this.
One: That rumble is not the end.  That rumble is not the end.  That rumble is grace and hope and love and peace and forgiveness and freedom and emerging like a belly laugh from deep within God.
 "History says, don't hope on this side of the grave.
All: But then, once in a lifetime, the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up and hope and history rhyme."
One: This may be that time.  Right now.  This very moment.
All: (Silence)
One: Let all God's people say..
All: (loudly) Amen!