A subversive prayer by Walter Brueggemann
Swept to Big Purposes
You call and we have a vocation.
You send and we have an identity.
You accompany us and we are swept to
your own people,
But we, in our restlnesness,
do not want to be so peculiar.
We would rather be like the others,
eager for their wealth,
Eager to be like them, comfortable,
We yearn to be like the others,
and you make us odd and peculiar and different.
Grant that we may find joy in our baptism,
freedom in our obedience,
delight in our vocation.
The same joy, freedom, and delight
that so market our Lord
whom we follow in oddness.
— Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008.