The Wish

Your wish has been granted.

Of course, you don’t know that your wish has been granted because that was the condition of the wish. You got your wish but you don’t get to know you got your wish.

This is because your wish has not been wished for yet.

Let me explain. You were old. You were coming to the end of your life. And you had many regrets. So many things you would have done differently, if only you had known. You were full of so much remorse.

In 2014, you had so many chances to take a stand. You could have lifted your voice against violence and oppression against women. Or you could have rallied and marched for economic justice. Or you could have said no to the death penalty by making calls and writing letters. Or you could have worked for marriage equality, challenging and defeating the exclusivist wrongs of your beloved Church.

So many causes that now seem like the stuff of legend. Your children and their children and their children read about the history you lived like you once read about slavery, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights Movement.

You wish you could tell them you were a part of it. You wish you had made history.

But you didn’t. You stayed quiet. You followed the rules of the oppressor. You kept your nose clean.

Did you know what was happening? Maybe. Maybe not.

Now, everyone looks back on that time and thinks of those who did not act, “How could they not have known? How could they not have done something?”

And today you realized you have failed. You have failed to be obedient to God. You have failed to be the model you wanted your children to follow. You have said nothing, done nothing. You didn’t know it then, but those issues were reshaping your world. Maybe you were scared. Maybe you were just apathetic, or too concerned with your own private sphere of consumption to notice the changes the bravest men and women were ushering in with the dawning of the age of peace.

And now you are so damn old. Too damn old to do anything about your shame.

But I’m here to tell you that your wish has been granted! My sole purpose is to let you know that you have been given a second chance! It is the spring 2014 and you are here. You are challenged by your wish granter to be bolder and braver than the last time. You have been given the opportunity to live your life for justice and peace, so that you may tell your children and their children the stories that make the legends that fill us all with hope that things might one day be better.

Your wish has been granted.

Will you take advantage of it?

 

 

A Prayer for the Earth in Honor of Earth Day

God of all things, out of a bush you called to Moses. Out of an ordinary plant made sacred to bear your image, you called him. And he was startled.

God, we remember the story of how you called your people forth from slavery in Egypt. But they were not yet free from the sin of the world. Many hardships were endured as they wandered in the wilderness. And when they found a land that was kind to them, that land soon became smeared with blood. We repent.

But you are still calling. Mother God, creator of all life, fierce and strong are you. You made the heavens and the earth to be your home. You made all creatures so that we may share in your abundance and live in peace and harmony with one another. You call to us out of the plants, the animals, and each other. You call to us out of Scripture, reminding us of our past and promising us good things for our future.

Maker, Redeemer, on this Earth Day we ask that you continue to guide us in this wild, fierce and beautiful world. Remind us to be kind to the land as it is what sustains us and continues to give us life. It is our home. Help us to heed your calling out of the ordinary made sacred.

It is in Jesus’ holy name, the one who came to bring us your message of victory over sin and death for all of Creation, that we pray these things.

Amen.