The Unsilent Church:

Reclaiming the church as a great social justice movement maker

Today, simple prayer

Dear friends—

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.

Amen.


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