I tiptoe in prayer to You today, because I don’t want to say anything stupid. I want my prayer to encompass all of the grief and injustice in this world….from the shooting of protesters in the #BlackLivesMatter rally by white supremacists to the video released of the shooting (17 times, my God have mercy) of the teenager by Chicago PD to the conversation about the moral and Christian imperative to welcome Syrian refugees….

I tiptoe in prayer to You today, because I can’t even fathom how to pray to make a difference, I tiptoe in prayer to You today because I am scared and sad and dismayed and I don’t get it.  What is the problem with “Love Your Neighbor?”–I see all over social media posts of gratitude and love and thankfulness mixed in with posts of inhospitality and xenophobia and systemic racism and it’s just all such a mess.

I tiptoe in prayer to you today, but as I enter into your presence, I rail and rage and cry out, “How LONG, O God, how long???”

I tiptoe in prayer to You today with my jumble of thoughts, my racing heartbeat, my embarrassment of privilege (I don’t even know what that is, but it’s the only phrase I can muster to capture that feeling), my sinfulness and shortcomings and shallowness; with my longing for your Kin-dom, my wish for it all to be better, my desire for all people and creation to honor the Divine, the Light, the Christ in all people and creation.

I tiptoe in prayer to You today, because it’s the only way I know how to approach You, today.

Amen.

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