Betrayal

When we have shouted ourselves hoarse
and returned home from the parade,
forgive our wavering commitment to love.

When we have finished our hymns
and departed from the comforts of worship,
forgive our fickle faithfulness.

When we have passed the plate of bread
and swept up all the last crumbs,
forgive our refusal to extend sanctuary.

When we have draped flowers on the altar
and bathed in their perfume of death,
forgive our neglect of our neighbors’ suffering.

And when we have waited through the night
and paced all day in disappointed prayer,
forgive our denial of your revelation.

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Ostriches

On this Lenten way,
O God of every good way
we pray for all that is to come:

for the path through stormy waters
and for those pummeled by the storm
until the path becomes clear;

for the avenues toward peace
and for those surrounded by warring chariots
until the rage of war is quenched;

for the riverbeds of restoration
and for those parched in the wilderness
until the rainy season comes;

for the intersections of community
and for those bypassed for their imago dei
until the crossroads are the heart.

Make a holy way
through this Lenten way,
we pray. Amen.

on Isaiah 43:16-21

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Blessed

Blessed be the Wind: racing, eroding, unsettling, compelling,
and blessed are we that the Wind does not leave us alone.

Blessed be the Flesh: grieving, straining, delighting, satisfying,
and blessed are we that the Flesh reveals the fullness of life.

Blessed be the Insight: guiding, surprising, marveling, upending,
and blessed are we that the Insight finds us within one another.

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Six Wings

With two they covered their faces;

Interrogate the ways we watch the world,
O Holy Magnificence,
for too often we hide the eyes of our hearts
from the blaze of your love as it is at work
on earth as in heaven; too often we watch
with cynicism, judgment, and self-interest.
Now cover our sinful gaze
so that the eyes of our hearts might look
in wonder, thanksgiving, and possibility
until we are embarrassed by your beauty
entrusted so extravagantly to all creation.

With two they covered their feet;

Reveal the habits by which we take root,
O Divine Hovering,
for we are quick to settle in loose sands
of consumption, jealousy, complacency;
our faith tiptoes in your fierce presence
lest the sands catch fire in your purity.
Now cover our timidity
so that we might not be so enamored by
security that we miss the holy journey.
Grounded in your goodness, make us
unafraid through the whims of change.

With two they flew.

Keep us forever in your holy judgment,
O Perfect Life,
where each heartbeat might be freed up
from the constraints of sin and violence
with a rush of grace and a blush of glory
and an unashamed song of deliverance.
Now uncover our joy
like the flight of an eagle, like the shine
of a pearl, like an abundant catch of fish.
Let our redemption not be in vain. Put
your love in us to use, and we will soar.

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Unknown

There are so many things to say, O Spirit —
delight and thanksgiving and frustration
and rage and heartbreak and hope —
yet no words are adequate to express it all.
Listen with us in the fullness of silence, we pray.

For all that we know,
for all that is unknown,
we pray your mercy.

There is so very much to be done, O Spirit —
hospitality to extend, food to share, sin to repent,
racism to exorcise, relationships to repair —
and we are tired before we even begin.
Set before us our part of your work, we pray.

For all that we know,
for all that is unknown,
we pray your mercy.

There is so much to wonder and understand, O Spirit —
the symphony of galaxies, the forbearance of love,
the season of justice, the fulfillment of prophecies —
our hearts toss and turn with questions.
For patience while we view in a mirror dimly, we pray.

For all that we know,
for all that is unknown,
we pray your mercy.

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