God of all people-
You counted Abram’s trust in you as righteous character. And you blessed him.
Even when he acted like a fool- endangering Sarah, using and misusing Hagar, rejecting Ishmael, bargaining for Sodom and Gomorrah- you still saw his ultimate trust in you and you counted him as a righteous person.
I know I am in a bit of a mood, but I am asking you to hear me:
I ask you to hear the pleas of victims of a system that offers no justice. They trust in you alone. Count them as righteous and deliver your blessings.
I ask you to hear to cries of those who have put forth great effort, only to stifled or crushed by the systems of this world. They trust in you alone. Count them as righteous and deliver your blessings.
I ask you to listen to the prayers of those who struggle in good faith, only to have goalposts moved and shoulders turned away. They trust in you alone. Count them as righteous and deliver your blessings.
I ask you to heed the frantic whispers of those who have knotted their rope and held on for so long that they no longer remember uncalloused palms. They trust in you alone. Count them as righteous and deliver your blessings.
If it was good enough for Abram, if you would do it for Abram, surely you can again for many, many others in clear and tangible ways.
Show yourself, O Lord, and let your name be praised.
The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.
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