Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Speak the Good - A Prayer Based on Genesis 1

Before time, nothingness.
Before form and shape, before light and shade, a void.
Before fullness of life, empty.

And over the nothing, through the void, into the emptiness, you breathed.
The waters of the void, once twisting and crashing unrefined, began to separate.
And something took shape.
Light and dark.
Sun and moon.
Ocean and continent.
Salmon, dove, lion, cow.

You breathed into the black, and through your breath you spoke, and through your speaking, it began.
Swirling galaxies, rotating planets, and blazing comets responded to your speaking, and became.

As you commanded, you also blessed.
What you deemed would be, you also deemed worthy of being.
Into existence, you spoke good things.
The light and dark is good.
The sun and moon is good.
The oceans and continents are good.
The flora and fauna are good.
You spoke the good, and it was so.

You spoke the good, but we don’t always remember.
We can’t always hear you speaking the good…
…over the cries of children with bloated bellies.
…over the immolating explosions of war.
…over the accusing words of fear and degradation fired like bullets into another’s flesh.
It is as if the waters of the void continue crashing unrefined, and we wonder if you’re still speaking at all.

As Earth moves and spins, your speaking the good is still needed.

Over the nothing, through the void, into our emptiness, breathe.
As you command, bless.
Speak the good. Let it be so.


Alan said...

Is this wonderful prayer in poetry your original - thoughts in words? It is outstanding! Did you use it in a worship service? Could we request permission to use it in a worship service at our church (Ebenezer UCC, Sheboygan WI - God Is Still Speaking,)?
Thank you so much for posting it.

Jeff Nelson said...

Go for it, Alan! I'm flattered that you would. I wrote it and used it as a pastoral prayer on Trinity Sunday when Genesis 1 was the designated Torah lesson. Thanks for asking!

Don Niederfrank said...

Well written, brother.

I need to read your work here on a more regular basis.

Alan said...

Yes, now I remember the lectionary Tanakh Torah selection from Trinity Sunday last month.
Thank you, Coffeepastor! I've been following your POC blog now for a couple years, and always find it worth reading (and thinking about). I think you mentioned possibly putting together a selection from postings for a book sometime. As I said in a comment then, I'll say it again: "Go for it!" You have a gift from the Spirit for putting sacred truths into powerful words with heartfelt meaning. All praise and thanks be to God! S.D.G.(Soli Deo Gloria), as two of my musical inspirations attested on their MSs (JSB & GFH).

Jeff Nelson said...

Thanks for the kind words, Alan! That book idea is still floating around in my brain. I think I said back then that for me it's a matter of achieving critical mass regarding stuff I'd feel deserves to be included. But I'm working on it!