Posted by: Keith Clark | October 12, 2010

Be Our Primary Disease

Today I came across this prayer in Walter Brueggemann’s Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. I was immediately struck by the unfamiliar requests Brueggemann makes of God. I wonder how God might be able to transform my life if, instead of always asking for blessings that will make me happy or give me peace, I asked God to do the painful work of transformation necessary for me truly to look more like God.

Here’s the prayer:

Be our primary disease,

and infect us with your justice;

Be our night visitor,

and haunt us with your peace;

Be our moth that consumes,

and eat away at our unfreedom.

Be our primary disease,

our night visitor,

our moth

infect, haunt, eat away . . .

Until we are toward you and with you and for you,

away from our injustice,

our anti-peace,

our unfreedom.

More like you and less like your resistance.

In the name of the one most like you,

most with you,

most for you . . . even Jesus.


What’s your reaction to this prayer?


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