Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanks Giving Day!

We are people who must sing you,
for the sake of our very lives.
You are a God who must be sung by us,
for the sake of your majesty and honor.
And so we thank you,
for lyrics that push us past our reasons,
for melodies that break open our givens,
for cadences that locate us home,
beyond all our safe places,
for tones and tunes that open our lives beyond control
and our futures beyond despair.
We thank you for the good company
of artists, poets, musicians, cantors, and instruments
that sing for us and with us, toward you.
We are witnesses to your mercy and splendor;
We will not keep silent. . . ever again. Amen.

~~Walter Brueggemann

Brueggemann, Walter. Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003. 133.

5 comments:

Mompriest said...

One who sings prays twice. I probably won't do any actual singing today. But I am grateful for this prayer and for the potential that I will know a life beyond despair.

Mary Beth said...

"for lyrics that push us past our reasons,
for melodies that break open our givens,
for cadences that locate us home,
beyond all our safe places,"

makes me shiver.

Praying for a joyous year ahead for you...

SingingOwl said...

Thank you very much! Be blessed!

revkjarla said...

shivering, too!

dea said...

thanks for sharing