Walter Brueggemann has a gift to bring hidden thoughts of the soul to light before God. Over the course of this fall, I wanted to share Walter Brueggemann with you every Wednesday from his book, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. I believe his prayers, his words, are laden with wonder. The wonder of honesty. The wonder of trust. The wonder of love. The wonder of beauty.
You’re invited to join us for Wednesdays with Walter as we dive deeper in our relationships with God and with each other. [Tweet this]
Read through the poem below silently. Recite it aloud. May this become our prayer today and every day as we lift our eyes and praises to God:
God before and God behind,
God for us and God for your own self,
———Maker of heaven and earth,
———creator of sea and sky,
———governor of day and night.
We give thanks for your ordered gift of life to us,
———for the rhythms that reassure,
———for the equilibriums that sustain,
———for the reliabilities that curb our anxieties.
——————We treasure from you,
—————————days to work and nights to rest.
——————We cherish from you,
—————————days to control and nights to yield.
——————We savor from you,
—————————days to plan and nights to dream.
Be our day and our night,
———our heaven and our earth,
———our sea and our sky,
——————and in the end our true home. Amen.
Lord, may we be a people marked by praise and thanksgiving today. May each word be a sweet offering to you. Amen.
What is your favorite attribute of God?