Prayer & Praise
We know about silence and absence and abandonment and helplessness.
We know about passionate petition and eager insistence, but we also know about the silence of shame, the darkness of guilt, the terror of resentment.
We know about the long night out of control in anxiety, when we are our true selves even if not our best selves.
We also know, some of us often, many of us seldom, all of us sometime, about the break of day when night is broken, when speech cracks silence, when your compassion overrides our shame, when your healing mercy vetoes our hurt, when your massive forgiveness overrides our resentment.
We do not know how it is that you break the night.
We do not know why it is that you harvest our silence into presence.
We only know like many mothers and fathers that in the long nights you hover until daybreak and we find that every new dawn is Easter yet again.
We know the concession speech made by Death: “He is not here, He is risen.”
We are astonished that you break the night with risenness.
In our timidity we trail your risen self; We find ourselves, now and then, Eastered alongside you.
We flex our muscles and with you find ourselves stronger than the night.
We are astonished-and glad!
We say you and tell you, praise you and obey you, all the day long, unafraid of the night that will surely come soon again.
Walter Brueggemann;Anna Carter Florence. Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann (Kindle Locations 1027-1031). Kindle Edition.