Sunday, April 12, 2009

Not the Kingdom of Death

Walter Brueggemann again...

Christ is risen!

We give thanks for the gift of Easter
that runs beyond our explanations,
beyond our categories of reason,
even more, beyond the sinking sense of our own lives.

We know about the powers of death,
powers that persist among us,
powers that drive us from you, and
from our neighbor, and
from our best selves.

We know about the powers of fear and greed and anxiety,
and brutality and certitude,
powers before which we are helpless.

And then at dawn, unquenched,
you in the darkness,
you on Sunday,
you who breaks the world to joy,

Yours is the kingdom....not the kingdom of death,
Yours is the power....not the power of death,
Yours....You....and we give thanks
for the newness beyond our achieving.

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