Giver of All Good Gifts–A Prayer


This week the Fold Mission Team led both worships services. One of our seniors, Kirsten, led the time of prayer. Here is the text of the prayer she read, it is from a book called “Prayers for a Privileged People” by Walter Brueggemann

Giver of All Good Gifts

You are the God who feed and nourishes.

You are the God who assures that we have more than enough,

and we do not doubt that

you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Even in such an assurance, however,

we scramble for more food.

After we have filled all our baskets

with manna,

we seek a surplus–

enough education to plan ahead,

enough power to protect our supply,

enough oil to assure that protection.

And in the midst of that

comes your word,

that we share bread and feed the hungry,

even to the least and so to you.

We mostly keep our bread for ourselves,

our neighbors,

and our friends.

It does not occur to us often,

to feed our enemies,

to share your bounty with

those who threaten us.

We do not often remember to break vicious cycles

of hostility

by free bread,

by free water,

by free wine,

by free milk,

Until we remember that you are the giver of all good gifts,

ours to enjoy,

ours to share.

Stir us by your spirit beyond fearful accumulation

toward outrageous generosity,

that giving bread to others

makes for peace,

that giving drink to others

makes for justice,

that giving and sharing opens the world

and assures abundance for all.

We pray this even as we ponder the gift of your Son

whom we ingest as bread and wine,

and tasting, find ourselves

forgiven and renewed.

Feed us till we want no more!

Feed us as we pray the prayer Jesus taught us…Our Father…

Blessings,

Greg

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