Discarding

Sing aloud, o daughters! Shout with joy, o children!
The peril against you is gone.

Yet again and again, O God,
we have picked it back up:
the peril of fear,
the peril of greed,
the peril of jealousy,
the peril of nationalism,
the peril of self-abasement.

Again and again we pray, O God:
show us these perils
scattered on the threshing floor,
ready to be swept into your fierce fire;
cause us to lay bare these perils
where they have crowded
our roots and fruits
like vines.

Deal with us
in all our peril,
that we might deal
extravagantly in joy, we pray.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Until Then

The day will surely come.
Steadfast God, hold us in the meantime
that we might not fear the long night.

The time will surely arrive.
Faithful God, give us signs while we wait
until every speck of star and dust is a revelation.

The promise will surely be fulfilled.
Eternal God, plant the seeds within us
even if we die before they bear fruit.

Amen.

cross-posted at RevGalBlogPals

Little (The Lord’s Prayer)

Little faith for the little things, You tell me:
little faith to greet the day;
little faith to believe in good;
little faith to welcome humanity.

I want BIG faith for BIG things, O God.

Little faith for the little things, You tell me:
little faith to stand together;
little faith to remain tender to love;
little faith to feel your breath in your lungs.

I want BIG faith for the BIG things, O God.

Little faith for the little things, You tell me:
little faith to try again;
little faith to play and dream;
little faith to recognize power’s foolishness.

O you of little faith, You tell me: have faith.