Sunday, April 16, 2006

ON THIS GLORIOUS DAY OF RESURRECTION

A PRAYER FOR US ALL. I’ve been sharing the following poem by Wil Winget for a number of years each Easter. I am grateful my seminary New Testament professor Morris Weigelt shared it with me. Morris was Wil Winget’s brother-in-law. Wil taught at Spring Arbor College before he succumbed to a painfully terrible death by cancer several years ago. In Winget’s words I find the spirit of Easter and a prayer for myself, those I love, and the world.

O Mighty, Holy Breath of God
On this glorious Day of Resurrection
Blow open all the shutters of our minds
bursting the barriers of
prejudice and pride
insensitivity and sloth
ignorance and fear
stretching wide our vision of
what you are doing
where you are working
in our fascinating
exasperating world.

Blow wide the doors of our hearts
impelling us outward to
the lonely and loveless
the angry and hopeless
the empty and faithless
as ready instruments
of your Grace.

Blow up our lungs to keep us shouting
Yes to Faith in the face of fear
Yes to Hope in defiance of despair
Yes to Love in spite of apathy
Yes to Life in the teeth of death

Through Christ, the Living One,
Our Lord.
Amen

1 comment:

  1. "Blow open all the shutters of our minds." I like that.

    But might it be religion which fitted the shutters in the first place?

    Certainly Christianity and Churchianity are quite separate religions these days.

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