The God who hears us (Part 1)

We are the creatures that pray
You are the God who hears us.  

We pray for all manner of things to be well,
Though we don’t quite know where to start.
We pray for the world to be better than it is,
Though we only have mustard seed-sized faith for this.
We pray there will be enough food for all,
Though we have little appetite for the task.
We pray for people to give more and consume less,
Though we still want our share.

We pray that we might love our enemy,
Though the thought of them disgusts us.
We pray that everyone will have a home,
Though there’s no room at our inn.
We pray for that famine to end,
Though we complain about queuing for food.
We pray for a war that is raging,
Though we have raging arguments about it.
We pray for a better discourse in public life,
Though we will speak ill of a neighbour.
We pray for a more meaningful communication,
Though we will send a text we regret.
We pray for justice to have its way,
Though we’re not giving up our right to be right.
We pray that people would take better care of this world,
Though we’ll do what we like with it.
We pray for an end to grief,
Though death will come to all of us.  

We are the creatures that pray
You are the God who hears us. 


Rhidian Brook
   
From Christian Aid  prayers – Rage and Hope