Welcome to the Monday Mailing Vol 2, Ed 15 –
An Easter Prayer, by Walter Brueggemann
On our own, we conclude: that there is not enough to go around we are going to run short of money of love… of grades of publications of sex of beer of members of years of life.
We should seize the day… seize the goods… seize our neighbor’s goods because there is not enough to go around.
And in the midst of our perceived deficit;
You come giving bread in the wilderness
You come giving children at the 11th hour You come giving homes to the exiles
You come giving futures to the shut-down
You come giving Easter joy to the dead
You come … fleshed … in Jesus And we watch while the blind receive their sight the lame walk the lepers are cleansed the deaf hear the dead are raised the poor dance and sing. We watch … and we take food we did not grow and life we did not invent and future that is gift and gift and gift and families and neighbors who sustain us when we do not deserve it.
It dawns on us, late rather than soon, that You give food in due season you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
By your giving, break our cycles of imagined scarcity override our presumed deficits quiet our anxieties of lack
transform our perceptual field to see the abundance…mercy upon mercy blessing upon blessing. Sink your generosity deep into our lives that your much-ness may expose
our false lack
that endlessly receiving,
we may endlessly give, so that the world may be made Easter new, without greedy lack, but only wonder without coercive need, but only love without destructive greed, but only praise without aggression and evasiveness… all things Easter new… all around us, toward us and by us all things Easter new. Finish your creation… in wonder, love and praise. Amen.