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Living on a Prayer


Written by Plant With Purpose on November 15, 2011 in General

The fight against extreme poverty can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to begin—what to say, what to do? We ran across this prayer written by Walter Brueggemann, and it seems like a pretty good start for those times when you just don’t know what to do (pray) or what to say (try these words).

“On Creation”

Yours—we gladly attest—is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory.

Yours—we gladly assert—are the heavens and the earth.

It is you who made all that is,
sun, moon, stars,
rivers, forests, fish—
and us.
We say, “in your image.”

Yours the kingdom and the power and the glory—and then us.

You do not will us to be powerless either,
so you endow us with power to work
to rule
to govern.

We reflect you in our working
in our ruling
in our governing.

Ours is the chance for justice and/or injustice
for mercy and/or rigor
for peace and/or war.

We grow accustomed to our power,
sometimes absolutizing,
and then are interrupted by the
doxology on which we have bet everything:

Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. And we are glad.

— “On Creation,” taken from Prayers for a Privileged People by Walter Brueggemann


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