in the world and in the church,
propelled by anxiety and acted as brutality,
You have planted yourself in all your fidelity.
You have placed yourself among us in steadfastness and abiding care present in the day,
alert in the night,
making us all safe and noticed and cared for.
So evidence your fidelity as to curb our anxiety,
as to restrain our brutality,
as to overcome our alienation.
By your fidelity, renew us, renew church, renew city, renew world.
Give us the safety to love you fully, to love neighbor well, in glad obedience.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 118). Kindle Edition.