Our times are in your hands:
But we count our times for us;
we count our days and fill them with us;
we count our weeks and fill them with our busyness;
we count our years and fill them with our fears.
And then caught up short with your claim,
Our times are in your hands!
Take our times, times of love and times of weariness,
Take them all, bless them and break them,
give them to us again,
slow paced and eager,
fixed in your readiness for neighbor.
Occupy our calendars,
Flood us with itsy-bitsy, daily, kairoi,
in the name of your fleshed kairos. Amen.
~ Montreat Conference: Jubilee/June 1, 2000
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Bruggemann
(Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003).