Prayer & Praise
the eruption of anger,
the embrace of rage,
and then bewilderment and wonderment and awe.
Our lives in faith are situated among the poets:
The poet talks about, swords to plowshares,
spears to pruning hooks, and unlearning war.
But answered by a shadow poet who bids us,
plowshares to swords,
pruning hooks to spears, be not a weakling! (Joel 3:10)
The poems conflict us, as we are conflicted, sensing and knowing better,
Knowing better, but yielding.
Do not deliver us from the clashing poems that are your word to us.
But give us courage and freedom and faith … 0 Prince of Peace.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 77). Kindle Edition.