And So The Church Draws Close to Holy Week:
Lent is a time of deep reflection and yearning for the power and presence of God. The prayer below was prayed by Walter Brueggemann at Allegheny College, August 16, 1989. It is a prayer of yearning in our own age as well:
With the energy we have,
we begin the day,
waiting and watching and hoping.
not clear about our waiting.
But filled with a restlessness,
daring to imagine
that you are not finished yet-
so we wait,
quaking and fearful,
boldly and daring.
Your sovereign decree stands clear
and we do not doubt.
We wait for you to dissolve in tender tears.
Your impervious rule takes no prisoners,
we wait for you to ache and hurt and care over us
and with us
and beyond us.
Cry with us the brutality
grieve with us the misery
tremble with us the poverty and hurt.
Attend to us – by attending in power and in mercy,
remake this alien world into our proper home.
We pray in the name of the utterly homeless one,