"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.



You sweep away what we treasure

Our salute to you tumbles out:
Lord, sovereign, governor, king
political images of us before you, gender specific,
marked by macho.
Sometimes we speak the terms glibly, out of habit.
Sometimes we speak them with gravity, counting on you.
But sometimes we are brought up short to see,
yet again,
that you are not kidding: you are other than us.
you will not be mocked.
Lord, sovereign, governor, king:
In your will you sweep away what we treasure,
We watch...and you sweep away a range of our idolatries,
apartheid...but not yet our racism,
military regimes...but not yet our superpower,
heresies..but not yet our self-indulgence.
You, you who sweep away and purge,
Sweep yet the systems of disobedience all around us,
sweep yet the networks of self-securing we treasure,
sweep yet our own childhoods that trap us,
sweep yet our little loves that disable us,
sweep yet our little fears that rob us of you,
sweep yet and make new.
Do your Friday sweep yet again, and
suit us for your Sunday governance.

Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
"Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth"

  I can too easily place my Father on the back burner of my heart!   


DJ said...

Yes. We are so about us. I am so about me. While He waits for me to remember I need Him for every breath.

That reminds me:
Mary, have you seen the Louie Giglio vids?

DJ said...

OH, Darling!

You gotta see this: Watch all the way through..


Copy & paste, then take a look...There are longer and shorter versions on Youtube of this talk, so help yourself.
I've watched it repeatedly, but it still brings tears to my eyes...

Happy Tuesday !

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Zinnia said...

Mary, you always know how to make a powerful statement that makes one pause and reflect. I love it!!!!

lori vliegen said...

beautiful, mary......lots of great things there to be prayerful about!!! xox, :))

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Me too Mary! Just today on my way home in the car from visiting a friend in another city, the Lord and I had this very discussion. When my life gets wacky it's usually because I'm not spending time with Him daily and have put Him on the back burner. The stress and wackiness subsides when I listen to Him and read his word first. It's something how my days just fall in order and I accomplish so much more when He is on the front burner!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I watched the YOUtube that DJ suggested! Oh my goodness, Amazing! I teared up too!

DJ said...

Glad you enjoyed the video, Mary.
It's comforting to me that His Love is holding me together. Literally and emotionally...

Denise said...

Bless you for your honesty. We are all guilty of this.

Buffy said...

This one really made me stop and think,probably because I'm so guilty of doing this,thanks Mary for sharing and reminding us of who should be first.

Anonymous said...

Great prayer....Wow!