A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.

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.
Amen.

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