Friday, December 09, 2011

An Advent Prayer

I've still been reading that book of Walter Brueggemann's prayers, and am quite caught by this prayer for the advent season:

The grace and the impatience to wait

In our secret yearnings
we wait for your coming,
and in our grinding despair
we doubt that you will.
And in this privileged place
we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we
and by those who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
in this season of hope
which runs so quickly to fatigue
and this season of yearning
which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
to the edges of our finger tips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
and come in your weakness
in any case
and make all things new.


Anonymous said...

Lisa, thank you for your post with this prayer. Brueggemann is one of my favourite theologians for his thoughts and beautiful yet, simple language. keep 'em comin.

Lisa said...

Glad you appreciated it! Welcome here! There is a book of Brueggemann's prayers called "Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth" that is one of the most lovely books of prayers/poetry that I have ever encountered.