Mar 262016
 

thumbnail.aspxEaster us

You God who terrified the waters,

who crashed your thunder,

who shook the earth, and

scared the wits out of chaos.

You God who with strong arm saved your people

by miracle and wonder and majestic act.

You are the same God to whom we turn,

we turn in our days of trouble,

and in our weary nights;

we look for steadfast love and are dismayed,

we wait for your promises, but wait in fatigue,

we ponder your forgetfulness and lack of compassion,

and we grow silent.

Our lives, addressed to you,

have this bitter-sweet taste of

loud-clashing miracles and weak-kneed doubt.

So we come in our bewilderment and wonderment,

deeply trusting, almost afraid to trust much,

passionately insisting, too timid to insist much,

fervently hoping, exhausted for hoping too much.

Look upon us in our deep need,

mark the wounds of our brothers and sisters just here,

notice the turmoil in our lives, and the lives of our families,

credit the incongruity of the rich and the poor in our very city,

and the staggering injustices abroad in our land,

tend to the rage out of control, rage justified by displacement,

rage gone crazy by absence, silence, and deprivation,

measure the suffering,

count the sufferers,

number the wounds.

You tamer of chaos and mender of all tears in the canvas of creation,

we ponder your suffering,

your crown of thorns,

your garment taken in lottery,

your mocked life,

and now we throw upon your suffering humiliation,

the suffering of the world.

You defeater of death, whose power could not hold you,

come in your Easter,

come in your sweeping victory,

come in your glorious new life.

Easter us,

salve wounds,

break injustice,

bring peace,

guarantee neighbor,

Easter us in joy and strength.

Be our God, be your true self, lord of life,

massively turn our life toward your life

and away from our anti-neighbor, anti-self deathliness.

Hear our thankful, grateful, unashamed Hallelujah!

Amen.

Walter Brueggemann

  9 Responses to “Prayer & Praise”

  1. He is risen, indeed. Praying today for Christians around the world, suffering at the hand of others on this day that represents the victory of Jesus over death and hell….. Bombings, torture, violence and death….knowing that we all share in the suffering and resurrection of Jesus. The suffering of one is the suffering of us all, and the glory of one is the glory of us all.

    May the peace of the Lord be upon you all.

  2. Thank you all for the prayers last week for my mom. Found out that the reason she was having difficulty with movement, standing, etc. was that she has 2 compression fractures in her back. One more severe than the other.
    Luckily, those are self healing and she should be better in the next month or so from that issue. It’s good just to know what the real issue was.
    The surgical wound infection she had is getting better as well after the abscess burst. Still not 100% healed up, but at least it isn’t getting worse.
    It’s been a rough couple months here, but hopefully, with Spring coming on now, things will get better.
    Thanks again

  3. Christ is risen – yes and amen

    reading Brueggemann’s prayer and the desperation it expresses is real – it is the world today – forgive us if we talk too much and pray too little – someone has said that Christians live on hope, not explanations – come soon Lord Jesus; it doesn’t seem to be getting any better down here

  4. Great prayer by Brueggemann!!!!!

  5. Tomorrow morning I am undergoing a colon and endoscopy. I you would keep me in your prayers that I would have a positive procedure and have God’s peace. Thank you. Allan

  6. My procedures yesterday went well. I was calm and thank God for that. They removed a few polyps which there didn’t seem to be any concern over. Since they need to rule out any bleeding I’ll undergo another procedure similar to yesterday where they focus on my small intestine. That takes place in a few weeks.Next week I have a CT scan on my kidneys. Please pray that God’s will be done and that I rely totally on Him instead of my anxiety. Thank you.

    London, praying for your mom and you during these times. I pray God would grant you both His peace and give you wisdom as time moves on.

  7. oops should read ” instead of focusing on my anxiety.”

  8. Praying for you Erunner! Glad the procedure went well.

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