Saturday, February 9, 2013

Couldn’t You Do Without Us Lord?

Our Father who art in heaven, hollowed
be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will
be done on Earth as it is in heaven.

I ask, Father who art in heaven,
does the waywardness of our planet
endanger the whole of your creation?
Does all creation groan because of us?
Would your universe
miss a beat if we were gone?
Are we essential to your plan?

Father, you say
that you are no respecter of persons;
that in your kingdom
the least shall be greatest
and the greatest shall be least.
That puts me in a bind;
to claim I’m least
is to claim I’m greatest;
claiming to be at all –
either greatest or least –
it seems is sin.

Alas, there truly is
none righteous,
no, not one.

But here I stand, unrighteous –
unrighteous, and hesitant to claim
I’m either first or last – just
wishing your kingdom to come,
your will to be done . . .
here on this earth,
as it is done in heaven;
trusting there will be
a place in it
for sinners such as I.

I am not the worst of sinners,
in my view.
Therefore, Father, in your view, I am.
None are greater in their sin than I;
in your kingdom the least of sinners
is no less a sinner
than the greatest of them.

Feel this earth’s sinfulness;
sense its wobbling under the weight
of human perversity;
under the weight of
young mothers clubbed and knifed to death,
children mowed down by the score,
families fleeing their homes in a hail of lead,
strong men raping, pillaging, and murdering the weak,
lewdness lauded and rewarded,
ignorance elevated to the status of knowledge,
foolishness fawned over as though it were wisdom,
arrogance living in opulence amidst squalor,
brutality packaged and sold as art.
 
I ask you, Father who art in heaven,
does the waywardness of our planet
endanger the whole of your creation?
Does all creation groan because of us?
Would your universe
miss a beat if we were gone?
Are we essential to your plan?

If not, then Lord,
as you thought to do in Moses’ day,
just uncreate us.
 
But if you must redeem
our waywardness because
our wobbly path is part of
all you’ve planned to be;
if your will cannot be done
except you show your grace and power
by saving our bedraggled world,
then let your kingdom come –
quickly let your kingdom come –
let your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

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