Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Prayer of Protest

While I was on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I began several books. One of the books that I began was Prayers For A Privileged People BY: Walter Brueggemann (mentioned in my last post).

I wanted to post this excerpt from his prayers, and hopefully I will post a couple more off and on These are deep and thought-provoking, esp. knowing that we ARE the "privileged people".(I think that they are really good...let me know what you think!!!):
A Prayer of Protest
Since our mothers and fathers cried out,
Since you heard their cries and noticed,
Since we left the brick production of 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,
hear 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 you 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 equality and good healthcare,
new dignity that cannot be given on the cheap.
We have known now long silence,
That you reject cheap grace;
even now as we know that you reject cheap labor.
You, God of justice 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...

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