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Day 34, Lent

Walter Brueggemann writes wonderful prayers.  I'm sure I've shared them before, but I hope this one meets you where you are today.

Loss is Indeed Our Gain

The Pushing and Shoving in the world is endless.     
We are pushed and shoved.     
And we do our share of pushing and shoving          
in our great anxiety.     
And in the middle of that           
you have set down your beloved suffering son           
who was like a sheep led to slaughter           
who opened not his mouth.     
We seem not able,     
so we ask you to create space in our life     
where we may ponder his suffering     
and your summons for us to suffer with him,     
suspecting that suffering is the only way to newness.
So we pray for your church in these Lenten days,     
when we are driven to denial —           
not to notice the suffering,            
not to engage it,           
not to acknowledge it.
So be that way of truth among us       
that we should not deceive ourselves.
That we shall see that loss is indeed our gain.
We give you thanks for that mystery from which we live.

This prayer appears in the book, Awed to Heave, Rooted in Earth, a collection of prayer by Walter Brueggemann.

Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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