Thursday, March 27, 2008

Prayers Plainly Spoken - 5

This ends my short series on Hauerwas' Prayers Plainly Spoken. Some of the prayers are irreverent and raw, as indeed are some biblical Psalms. What do you make of the following sort of prayer?

In the aftermath of hurricane Fran:

'... What are we to say to you: Are you in the hurricane? We fear acknowledging that you may be. We want to protect you. Do we dare to believe that Christ could still the winds? We want our world regular, predictable, not subject to disorder or chaos. So if you are in the hurricane, please just butt out. We confess we have lost the skill to see you in your creation. We pray to you to care for those injured, those in shock, those without housing, those in despair, but how can you do so if you are not in the hurricane? We confess we do not know how to put this together' (105-106)



At 3/27/2008 8:44 PM, Anonymous T. Michael W. Halcomb said...

Glad I recommended this book to you? I thought you'd like it. His honesty is incredible, I think. Glad to see you picked it up and decided to do a short series on it.

At 4/01/2008 10:41 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Hi Michael,
YES! Thanks for that!


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