This prayer by Brian Crisp was offered on Transfiguration Sunday, March 2, 2014. It is based on the Common Lectionary Reading for March 2, 2014: Psalm 2; Matthew 17: 1-9; 2 Peter 1:16; and a Kentucky Folk Song
Bright Morning Star, you are rising, stirring, and shining.
Morning Star you call to us, “Hear your story and see your vision.”
Yet, we are distracted with cacophonous noises and shout, “But the Ukraine, Uganda, Arizona, North Carolina.”
Great Radiance, you compel us.
Yet, we can be bewildered people and bellow “Look down there at Jones Street, or over at Western Boulevard, or Bragg Street or down yonder at South Saunders Street”
Great Eternal Illumination you draw us deeply into the conversation.
Yet, we bristle and balk, ignoring the shadow cast by the light, confessing “I cannot see those homeless people, those addicted people, those violated people, those disenfranchised people, those imprisoned people, those frighted people, those hurting people” or “if they want help, they can somehow, surely come and get it.”
Great Cloud and Fascinating Mist, you seep in and whisper.
Yet, we want to mask our trepidation and sigh, “I am fine right here. I have well-laid plans” all in the tom foolery of tents.
Greatest Healer, finally you touch, and we allow ourselves to be touched and you comfort us with, “shhhhhhhh, it is okay. Now, see, here, feel, taste, weep, rejoice, dance, sing, tell your story. Just do.”
Greatest Vision, help us see Jesus is Western Boulevard and South Saunders Street; Uganda and the Ukraine; Arizona and North Carolina; the homeless and the addicted; the outcast and the imprisoned; the neighbor and the stranger; the having-it-all and the having-noting-at-all.”
Greatest Voice, help us to hear those deep conversations that expand throughout time and space that ring out, “you all are my children, marked by love, created for justice.”
Greatest Gatherer, take our hands and lead us down from the mountain and lead us out amongst and to and for and in-between and around the work with all people. Call us to understand that it is by freely giving grace that we receive our grace.
Bright Morning Star is rising; it’s rising. Let the day break within our souls. Amen.
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