Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5

Isaiah 5:1-7, 11:1-5

O transformer of trampled groundsDig from us stones of pridePrune from us thorns of injusticeWeed from us briars of oppressionSpring through us shoots of wisdomNurture among us fruit of understandingGenerate within us a vineyard of delight O God, Your care for usEchoes across time and spaceYour tenderness

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Hosea 11:1-9

Hosea 11:1-9

O God, you have deeply loved us Choosing us from day oneYou called and we said no O God, you have fiercely protected us Guiding us as we walkedYou called and we ran off O God, you have gently cradled usNourishing us as we healedYou called and

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1 Kings 18:17-39

1 Kings 18:17-39

O God, were they looking forA god with phenomenal cosmic powersA king with brutal military mightA prophet with absolute easy answersA safe and predictable way of life? O God, are we looking for A spirit with an easy affirming touchA leader with viral celebrity statusA preacher with

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1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29

1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29

When leaders hoard wealthMay we share all we haveEmbodying your generosity When officials build fameMay we fade into the mistMirroring your humility When controllers enforce authorityMay we let go of certaintyWelcoming your mystery When commanders wield violenceMay we bind wounds with mercyOffering your tenderness

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Ruth 1:1-17

Ruth 1:1-17

Red bricks and plush carpetWalk-in closets and spa tubs63” televisions and fiberopticIs this our home? Barbed wire and assault weaponsDusty roads and angry eyesScarce food and empty riversIs this our home? Steadfast care and fierce determinationShared sorrows and elated joysStanch presence and authentic loyaltyThis is our home

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Deuteronomy 5:1-21, 6:4-9

Deuteronomy 5:1-21, 6:4-9

My rulebook, once upon a timeAllowed me to survive, O GodTrying not to hurt anyoneMy own life not really lived Our faith rulebook, time and againTwisted for punishment, O GodBy people vying for Your power Choking life as selfishness grew Your rulebook, then and nowOffers a relational

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Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, 3:1-15

Exodus 1:8 – 2:10, 3:1-15

Cries for help from peopleNumbering more than the starsAmid oppression cultivated in fearWhere is Your rescuing power? Inhumane official rules against peopleGroaning under weight unbearableAmid joy birthed with illegal sonsWhere is Your sweeping justice? A name of promise for peopleLooking for abundant releaseAmid battles raging for supremacyWhere

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Genesis 32:9-13a, 22-30

Genesis 32:9-13a, 22-30

Did he see the stars that night?Wondering if his would wink outFearing the vengeful hand of his twin Did You see the stars that night?Double counting their twinklingTelling one its name would soon change Will we see the stars at night?Amidst solitary unexpected strugglesHolding on, injured and

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Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7

Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7

May we sit with each otherReceiving unexpected holy promisesSnickering in surprise and anxietyAccepting bequests of unusual guests May we run to meet each otherSeeking favor from strangersBegging travelers to stop awhileOffering rest with a sumptuous feast May we laugh with each otherWondering at divine timingAvoiding personal agendasWelcoming

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