Prayer & Praise
We are well schooled in the language of hate and of fear and of greed and of anxiety.
We know the language of domination and of excessive deference.
We understand completely the grammar of liberalism and conservatism, rhetoric that is revolutionary and reactionary.
But we are strangers in a strange land.
Teach us afresh to trust our mother tongue of praise and grief.
We thank you for our speech teachers, of many mothers and fathers in many times and many places and many cultures – all of whom know better than do we the ways of truth that heal and of life that enlivens.
Be your true word on our lips and receive our utterances back to you.
We thank you for our mother tongue come in the flesh.
Walter Brueggemann. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: The Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (p. 72). Kindle Edition.