Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann is a UCC pastor and biblical scholar. He wrote one of my favorite books of poetry, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth, just after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and I wanted to share with you. Today, my heart tells me to leave this musing with his beautiful words:
In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.
And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edge of our finger tips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case and make all things new.
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