Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tuesday Prayer for 3/25/14 (ish)

At some point after the time he died,
At some time around the same time he felt the loving embrace of God,
Fred Phelps realized he’d been wrong.

I imagine there were looks of painful incredulity
As the realization dawned upon him,
As he received the grace of God,
As he received the care of the angels.

And as they laid him down and
gently washed away his fear and
tenderly washed away his anger
and they carefully removed that part from him -
those experiences he’d had -
that had made him feel justified
in causing so many others
so much pain

At that moment,
because of the joy that Fred Phelps felt
- feeling the loving embrace of God and
the care of the angels -
and because Fred Phelps was forgiven
and because Fred Phelps was loved
at that moment Fred Phelps
cried in mourning
and
thankfulness.

These tears, even these tears,
they were gathered
and they were added to the stream of justice that
flows like a river and
that stream of righteousness that flows like a
never-failing stream.
These tears were added to the tears of those who cried
when they heard hateful notions attributed to God.
These tears were added to the tears of those who cried
when their loved ones were treated like hated ones.
These tears were added to the tears of those who cried
when someone they thought loved them said that Fred Phelps 
was right.

All those tears are holy water that
strangely and miraculously
are used for the baptisms of those who
become known
as sinners
and saints
as forgiven.

At some point after the time he died,
At some time around the same time he felt the loving embrace of God,
Fred Phelps 
saw 

sign.