if only, my god, the river of healing left its banks to come heal us where we stand with our feet stuck in the mud
if only, my god, the letter of peace penned itself to the angry mobs and violent landlords who worship cruelty
if only, my god, the silver coins and gold bullions of the rich relocated themselves to the pockets of the impoverished
if only, my god, the clothes of the false prophets tore themselves loose from shrouding unholy lies and misdirections
if only, my god, the horses and chariots steered off the highways of captivity to carry us along the streets of freedom
if only, my god, if only
but look: the river of healing is ready for swimming,
the letter of peace is already penned,
the silver and gold are waiting for release,
the clothes are delusions to be unseen,
and the horses already know the ways of freedom
if only, my god, if only we would live them.
on 2 Kings 5:3
The Rev. Rachel G. Hackenberg‘s book with co-author 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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