Nov 232014
 

thumbnail.aspxAs we come to the text, we are mindful that we have not come first – for others have been there before us.

We do not come alone – for a cloud of witnesses await us.

We give you thanks for the brave people of the text, “prophets and apostles, saints and martyrs.”

These cadences come easy to us and are familiar.

 

But if we pray slow, we acknowledge before you that there hover around this text:

prophets – ancient and contemporary – who have been truth-tellers at risk.

apostles – ancient and contemporary – sent with passion and courage undaunted.

saints – ancient and contemporary – who have been single-minded for the vision of this text.

martyrs – ancient and contemporary who have witnessed and suffered and died for this particular truth.

And we are their heirs, children, continuers. Give us freedom to be in their presence.

Give us their innocence before the text.

Most of all, give us the grace to he haunted by them, haunted as they were by the text, haunted to newness.

We pray in the haunting name of Jesus.

Amen.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 57). Kindle Edition.

  9 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. We are doing our annual food box assembly and delivery today. Feeding at least 100 families.
    Prayers that those families and our volunteers remain safe and blessed today appreciated.
    Small deal in the grand scheme of things I know, but it’s a big deal for our little group.
    Thanks.

  2. God bless you London, your co-workers, and the recipients!

  3. yes, Lord, keep safe and bless London and crew

    “….. But if we pray slow, we acknowledge before you that there hover around this text:

    prophets – …

    apostles – …

    saints – …

    martyrs – …

    And we are their heirs, children, continuers. Give us freedom to be in their presence.

    Give us their innocence before the text.

    Most of all, give us the grace to he haunted by them, haunted as they were by the text, haunted to newness.” AMEN and amen

  4. Thanks KK.
    It was a rousing success. 103 boxes out.
    Had enough food like over to send some to the homeless shelter, some to a headstart program, a family that just loss their father to a sudden death and even some to Haiti in a truck that’s going over soon.
    God blessed us with at least 50 volunteers (Way more than we expected)
    and everyone worked well together to get it done quickly and effectively.
    Pretty amazed sometimes how it all works out.

  5. We have our electrical inspection tomorrow. Please pray that it goes well. I would really appreciate it.

  6. praying that God will be in control of all that happens in j2’s home tomorrow and that His grace supply to them includes a good inspector and a successful outcome

  7. today, Wed., my nurse daughter is finishing up 3 consecutive days of 18 hr. shifts and she is determined to drive home – Seattle to Wenatchee – for Thanksgiving… need prayer cover (or Divine intervention)

  8. Just got off the phone with my husband. He said the inspection went great and there was no issue with our wiring. All we have to do is install a couple more smoke alarms. I’m so relieved.

  9. Ugh. I pray she stays alert and that traffic is good.

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