I have some not-so-polite things to pray today, God,
starting with:

You suck.

.

Also:

You’re falling down on the job.

.

Where is your balm to the brokenhearted
when pain is looped publicly on video
for voyeurism and ratings?

.

Is there no more freedom
your Spirit can breathe upon those
most strangled, most strained, most encumbered
by centuries of hatred?

.

Where is your fulfillment of justice
in heaven or on earth?
Have the stars taken all your attention
in resolving their quarrels with far-flung moons?

.

Did you stop helping
after you fulfilled your promise to Jacob?
Were you too tired after the journey across the wilderness?
Was it just too much when they killed Christ?

.

Have you kept faith forever
to yourself while we cast around
looking for hope worth holding onto?

.

The prisoners are on strike,
the hungry are desperate,
the ignorant feel righteous,
the bowed down are drowning,
the strangers are turned away,
but sure: let’s carry on with loud praises to
the God who teases us across generations.

.

on Psalm 146

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Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ (US) minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. Her book Sacred Pause plays with words to refresh our relationship with The Word.
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6 thoughts on “Sunday Prayer: Hopeless

  1. Thank you! as I sit with my daughter, so full of life and hope and watch her battle cancer, endure the assault of chemo, hope for remission –it helped to know that I am not alone in sorrow and questions and not alone in trusting what is beyond my vision right now…….

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