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Praying with Walter Brueggemann – Jolted by Address


Listening

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On reading I Samuel 3
We are surrounded by a din of demanding voices:
selling,
recruiting,
seducing,
coercing.

We screen them out in order to maintain our sanity,
to secure our rest.

And then, in the night, you address us,
you call us by name,
you entrust to us risky words,
you empower us with authority.

But your voice is on first hearing not distinctive.

We confuse your voice with that of an old friend,
or deep hope,
or powerful fear,
or an ancient bias.

We hear, but we do not listen –
jolted, bewildered, resistant.

But your voice sneaks up on us:
you address us,
you call us by name,
you entrust us with risky words,
you empower us with authority.

Sometimes…occasionally…boldly…we answer:
“Speak, I am listening.”
Then we say, “Here am I.”

And listening, we are made new and sent dangerously by your address.

From Prayers for a Privileged People


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