gift of freedom

Walter Brueggemann is an incredible theologian and writer.  My teacher gave me this poem last weekend and I keep going back to it. May it bless you as it has blessed me.

We would as soon you were stable and reliable.
We would as soon you were predictable
and always the same toward us.

We would like to take the hammer of doctrine
and take the nails of piety
and nail your feet to the floor
and have you stay in one place.

And then we find you moving,
always surprising us,
always coming at us from new directions.

Always planting us
and uprooting us
and tearing all things down
and making all things new.

You are not the God we would have chosen
had we done the choosing,
but we are your people
and you have chosen us in freedom.

We pray for the great gift of freedom
that we may be free toward you
as you are in your world. Amen


I continue to ask myself-

How do I nail God down? How do I ask for reliability over freedom?  How is God uprooting me? What is She wanting to plant?

What are some questions that this poem prompts you to ask?


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