World-Forming Speech

March 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Based on Psalm 19, Walter Brueggemann prayed the following prayer at Loyola University in Chicago on July 21, 1989:

Light from light.  Creation from chaos.  Life from death.  Joy from sorrow.  Hope from despair.  Peace from hate.  All your gifts, all your love, all your power.  All from your word, fresh from your word, all gifts of your speech.  We give thanks for your world-forming speech.  Thanks as well for our speech back to you, the speech of mothers and fathers who dared to speak in faith and unfaith, in trust and in distrust, in grateful memory and in high hurt.  We cherish this speech as we trust yours.  Listen this day for the groans and yearnings of your world, listen to our own songs of joy and our own drudges of death, and in the midst of our stammering, speak your clear word of life in the name of your word come flesh.  Amen.

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