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Lent 3.24

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement, and probably the most holy of days for our Jewish brothers and sisters.  It is about repentance and turning back to God, being honest about the ways you've fallen short and praying that God forgives you.  Walter Brueggemann wrote this prayer called, "Yom Kippur" and it seemed like a good fit for today.

On this day our Christian thoughts are turned
     to Jewish possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation.
On this day we stand with them in covenant,
     before you,
     before your Torah,
     amid a world torn asunder.
Our thoughts are of death and destruction,
     of fragility and life under threat.
We ponder cities mired in mud and 
     mountains wrecked in quake:
we notice melting ice and rising water
we name places of violence 
     far away and close to home.

We feel uneasy but not frontally guilty,
     not until we face your thoughts that are remote from our thoughts:
     we imagine that you think in grief and disappointment
          over the mess we have made:
     we imagine that you shudder in dismay and anger
          over the violation of your good dream;
     we imagine that you are ready to abandon us.

But we also imagine that your thoughts are interruped
     by your own poets and prophets,
who line out newness...
     new exodus
     new covenant,
     new forgiveness,
     new life. 
While we watch in our dis-ease, 
     we hear Easter news again,
     and your resolve of new beginning.
And so we begin to move
     from sadness to joy,
     from hurt to dance,
     from enslavement to freedom.
And then we wait again for your wonder to become visible
     in the world of empires and colonies, of mudslides and torrents.
We wait.  Come fully, come soon.  Amen.



Posted by Laurie Weicher at 6:00 AM
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