A Place at the Table – 48 – Poem

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A Place at the Table – 48 – Conclusion

Seay ends the devotions with this marvelous poem by Walter Brueggemann…

We are your people,
mostly privileged
competent
entitled.
Your people who make futures for ourselves,
seize opportunities,
get the job done
and move on.

In our self-confidence, we expect little
beyond our productivity;
we wait little for
that which lies beyond us,
and then settle with ourselves
at the center.

And you, you in the midst of our privilege,
our competence
our entitlement.

You utter large, deep oaths
beyond our imagined futures.
You say— fear not, I am with you.
You say— nothing shall separate us.

You say— something of new heaven and new
earth.
You say— you are mine; I have called you by name.
You say— my faithfulness will show concretely
and will abide.

And we find our privilege eroded by your purpose,
our competence shaken by your future,
our entitlement unsettled by your other children.

Give us grace to hear your promises.
Give us freedom to trust your promises.
Give us patience to wait and
humility to yield our dreamed future
to your large purpose.

We pray in the name of Jesus who
is your deep yes over our lives.

I was struck by the “deep yes” in this poem/prayer. God is the ultimate yes and that is what was seen in Easter. God’s yes defeated anything and everything. The yes of the resurrection. The yes of forgiveness. The yes of hope.

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