Your promises we welcome, numerous and good,
but the blamelessness we simply cannot manage.
Perhaps, O Perfection, we can come to a different arrangement?
We would give you our fear and awe — easily,
our names and faith, too — several times over,
but human things, O Holiness, are the stuff of life we cannot forfeit.
If you insist upon dazzling us into submission,
requiring our shame and suffering as testimony,
then let us get behind you, O Way, for the sweet chance of becoming lost.
Let the ends of the earth remember and worship;
tell tomorrow, and yesterday, and today to bow.
Abraham is still trying to count the stars, O Satisfaction, as are we all.
Hope is the inheritance of our disappointment
passed on to the next generation for better odds.
Come, O Covenant — not with your proposition but with your fulfillment.
on the Revised Common Lectionary texts
The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with Martha Spong, Denial Is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), searches for faith through life’s trials. Rachel has also written Writing to God, a popular Lenten devotional, and other books.
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