Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Teach Us How To Weep.

No wonder the prophet weeps yet--
We begin again, but not innocent…
As we begin, the powers of globalization surge;
There are victims, but we are mostly beneficiaries
There are wars and rumors of war
There are victims, but we are likely perpetrators
There is violence, among women, toward the poor,
Violence that refuses to forgive
And we are a mix
Of victim and perpetrator
The democratic process continue
But it is mostly devoid of gravitas
And our alarm is modest.
No wonder there is fear, reams of despair, and acres of weeping!
And we feebly watch for you and wait
Teach us how to weep while we wait
And how to hope while we weep
And how to care while we hope
Teach us through this strange, ancient, immediate text.

Walter Brueggemann

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