Musing 10.2.20


You may have picked up by now that I am a big fan of the Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann.  He began each of his seminary lectures with a prayer.  Fortunately, a former has collected them in Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann.  This prayer was offered 44 years ago yesterday.  It strikes me as still fresh and pertinent.

[God], You are the voice we can scarcely hear

because you speak to us about dying and suffering,

and we are impacted by so many voices

that have to do with power

and competence

and success.

We do know that you are the voice that gives life,

that you are the voice that opens futures to people who are hopeless.

We are a part of a hopeless people,

because the other voices eat at our hearts,

and we are immobilized

and we become deaf.

So we pray for new ears.

We pray that your voice may be more audible to us,

that we may be able to sort out the death-giving

from the life-giving voices among us.

We pray in the name of Jesus,

through whom you have spoken

in such inscrutable ways.