Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Prayer for Maundy Thursday



















THE PIVOT OF HOPE
(**A prayer for Maundy Thursday**)

This day of dread and betrayal denial 
and causes a pause in our busyness. 
Who would have thought that you would take
this eighth son of Jesse 
to become the pivot of hope in our ancient memory?


Who would have thought that you would take
this uncredentialed
Galilean rabbi
to become the pivot of newness in the world?


Who would have thought that you-
God of gods and Lord of lords-
would fasten on such small, innocuous agents
whom the world scorns
to turn creation toward your newness?


As we are dazzled,
give us the freedom to resituate our lives in modest,
uncredentialed, vulnerable places.
We ask for freedom and courage to move out from our nicely
arranged patterns of security
into dangerous places of newness where we fear to go.
Cross us by the cross, that we may be Easter marked. 
Amen.
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By Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth

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