A Prayer of Protest

Posted: October 22, 2008 in change, church

Once again…again…I returned to Walter Brueggemann during my morning reading/devotional. I found this prayer meaningful today. For what reason, I do not know.

A Prayer of Protest

Since our mothers and fathers cried out,

since you heard their cries and noticed,

since we left the brick production in Egypt,

since you foiled the production schedules of Pharaoh,

     we have known your name,

     we have sensed your passion,

     we have treasured your vision of justice.

And now we turn to you again

     whose precious name we know.

We turn to you because there are

     still impossible production schedules,

     still exploitative systems,

     still cries of pain at injustice,

    still cheap labor that yields misery.

We turn to you in impatience and exasperation,

     wondering, “How long?” before you answer

        our pleading question,

     how our petition,

        since you are not a labor boss and do not set wages.

We bid you, stir up those who can change things;

     do your stirring in the jaded halls of government;

     do your stirring in the cynical offices of corporations;

     do your stirring amid the voting public too anxious to care;

     do your stirring in the church that thinks too much about

        purity and not enough about wages.

Move, as you moved in ancient Egyptian days.

Move the waters and the flocks and the herds

toward new statutes and regulations,

        new equity and good health care,

        new dignity that cannot be given on the cheap.

We have known now long since,

     that you reject cheap grace;

even as we now know that you reject cheap labor.

You, God of injustice and dignity and equity,

keep the promises you bodied in Jesus,

     that the poor may be first-class members of society,

     that the needy may have good care and respect,

     that the poor earth may rejoice in well-being,

     that we may all come to Sabbath rest together,

        the owner and the worker,

        the leisure class and the labor class,

     all at peace in dignity and justice,

        not on the cheap, but good measure,

        pressed down,

        running over…forgiven.

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