Holy Appearance in the Hiddenness

April 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Psalm 70 is a cry for help:  “Hasten, O God… come quickly to help me…  You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay” (70:1, 5).  It is an expression of God’s apparent absence, and a plea to not further delay the manifestation of God’s presence.  Walter Brueggemann wrote a beautiful prayer on February 22, 2001 (from “Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth”):  “All power, honor, glory be to you!  You… sometimes hidden, silent, absent, unresponsive.  We are so privileged that we seldom sense you hidden, silent, absent, unresponsive.  But we know people who do, we think of places where you do not appear.  We imagine you defeated, weak, held captive.  And we wait a day, two days, until the third day.  And then, most often then, quite reliably then, you appear then in your full glory.  This day we pray against your absence, silence, and hiddenness.  Come with full power into deathly places, and we will praise you deep and full.  Amen.”

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