Time for another selection from Walter Brueggemann’s collection of prayers in Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth.
Your world-forming speech
Light from light
Creation from chaos
Life from death
Joy from sorrow
Hope from despair
Peace from hate
All your gifts, all your love, all your power.
All from your word, fresh from your word,
All gifts of your speech.
We give thanks for your world-forming speech.
Thanks as well for our speech back to you,
The speech of mothers and fathers
Who dared to speak
In faith and unfaith
In trust and in distrust
In grateful memory and in high hurt.
We cherish this speech as we trust yours.
Listen this day for the groans and yearnings of your world,
Listen to our own songs of joy and our own drudges of death,
And in the midst of our stammering,
Speak your clear word of life
In the name of your word come flesh.
Loyola University, Chicago, July 21, 1989
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat