God Weeps

God weeps at lives discarded
lives disregarded
lives ignored

God weeps
God weeps as the world watches, incredulous
but stays silent

God weeps
God weeps as white men shout and claim God’s authority
where no authority is

God weeps
and I weepadvent header peace and I reel, at my helplessness
I live across a distant sea
and yet, I know, the distance is as nothing
my small voice cries out
Holy God, hear the cries of those who weep and mourn
touch the hearts of those who are terrified
strengthen the will of those who feel ill-equipped
and, in all things,
may those who claim Christ, live up to his example
by walking the path of peace
but also, expressing righteous anger where it is called for.

Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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