I recently picked up Walter Brueggemann’s book, Prayers for a Privileged People. Great prayers, poems really! This morning, one particular prayer caught me eye. This is especially pertinent given this political time and the upcoming election. It’ called, The Noise of Politics.
We watch as the jets fly in
with the power people and
the money people,
the suits, the budgets, the billions
We wonder about monetary policy
because we are among the haves,
And about generosity
because we care about the have-nots.
By slower modes we notice
Lazarus and the poor arriving from Africa
and the beggars from Central Europe, and
the throng of environmentalists
with their visions of butterflies and oil
of flowers and tanks
of growing things and
We wonder about peace and war,
about ecology and development,
about hope and entitlement.
We listen beyond jeering protesters and
soaring jets and
faintly we hear the mumbling of the crucified one,
feeding the hungry
and giving drink to the thirsty
about clothing the naked,
and noticing the prisoners,
more about the least and about holiness among them.
We are moved by the numbers of the gospel,
even while we are tenured in our privilege
We are half ready to join the choir of hope,
half afraid things might change
and in a third half of our faith
turning to you,
and your outpouring love
that works justice and
that binds us each and all to one another.
So we pray amid jeering protesters
and soaring jets.
Come by here and make new,
even at some risk to our entitlements.