* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Family of the Friend of God

Here's a prayer in response to the recent terrorist attacks in France. The imagery is derived from Genesis 16:12 and Romans 11:17-24.

The Family of the Friend of God

Heal, O Lord,
        The shattered family
                Of Thy servant Abraham.
Let Isaac come home,
        A natural branch restored
                To the tree of covenant-love.
May his perseverant faith,
        Forged through centuries of fire, awake
                To its long-expected, long-offered fulfillment.
Let Ishmael come home,
        Raising his hand no longer
                Against the nations of the world.
May his hostility,
        Prophesied from of old,
                Be transfigured into solidarity.
And may he too, a broken limb,
        Be gently grafted back
                Onto his father’s spreading tree,
So that all the offspring
        Of the friend of God
                Together may confess
That there is one Lord,
        One faith, one baptism,
                One God and Father of us all.

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