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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, April 03, 2004
    And then you
    We arrange our lives as best we can,
    to keep your holiness at bay,
    with our pieties,
    our doctrines,
    our liturgies,
    our moralities,
    our secret ideologies,
    Safe, virtuous, settled.

    And then you -
    you and your dreams,
    you and your visions,
    you and your purposes,
    you and your commands,
    you and our neighbors.

    We find your holiness not at bay,
    but probing, pervading,
    insisting, demanding.

    And we yield, sometimes gladly,
    sometimes resentfully,
    sometimes late... or soon.

    We yield because you, beyond us, are our God.
    We are your creatures met by your holiness,
    by your holiness made our true selves.
    And we yield. Amen.

    I've spent Lent with Walter Brueggemann's Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. It's one Lent practice I'll keep on after; his prayers are as fulsome as his theological texts.