Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

"Shock Me with the Terrible Goodness of this Friday"

Holy one,
shock and save me with the terrible goodness of this Friday,
and drive me deep into my longing for your kingdom,
until I seek it first--
          yet not first for myself,
but for the hungry
           and the sick
                      and the poor of your children,
for prisoners of conscience around the world
for those I have wasted
          with my racism
                  and sexism
                            and ageism
                                      and nationalism
                                                and religionism,
for those around this mother earth and in this city
who, this Friday, know far more of terror than of goodness;
that, in my seeking first the kingdom,
            for them as well as for myself,
                       all these things may be mine as well:
things like a coat and courage
          and something like comfort,
                     a few lilies in the field,
                               the sight of birds soaring on the wind,
                                         a song in the night,
                                                   and gladness of heart,
the sense of your presence
           and the realization of your promise
                     that nothing in life or death
                               will be able to separate me or those I love,
                                         from your love
                                                   in the crucified one who
is our Lord,
                                                             and in whose
name and Spirit I pray.

Guerrillas of Grace  Ted Loder


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