A Good Friday Prayer

April 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

I pray on this Good Friday with the words of part of a Walter Brueggemann Good Friday prayer in 1991:

We dare pray while the darkness descends and the earthquake trembles.  We dare pray for eyes to see fully and mouths to speak fully the power of death all around.  We dare pray for a capacity to notice unflinching that in our happy playgrounds other children die, and grow silent.  We pray more for your notice and your promise and your healing.

Our only urging on Friday is that you live this as we must: impacted but not destroyed; dimmed but not quenched.  For your great staying power and your promise of newness we praise you.  It is in your power and your promise that we take our stand this day.  We dare trust that Friday is never the last day, so we watch for the new day of life.  Hear our prayer and be your full self toward us.  Amen.

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