Giver of All Good Gifts – Walter Bruggemann

Giver of Good Gifts – Walter Bruggemann

You are the God who feeds and nourishes.
You are the God who assures that we have more than enough,
and we do not doubt that
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Even in such an assurance, however,
we scramble for more food.
After we have filled all our baskets with manna,
we seek a surplus – enough education to plan ahead,
enough power to protect our supply,
enough oil to assure that protection.

And in the midst of that comes your word,
that we share bread and
feed the hungry,
even to the least
and so to you.

We mostly keep our bread for ourselves,
our neighbours,
and our friends.

It does not occur to us often,
to feed our enemies,
to share your bounty with those who threaten us.

We do not often remember to break vicious cycles of hostility
by free bread,
by free water,
by free wine,
by free milk.

Until we remember that you are the giver of all good gifts,
ours to enjoy,
ours to share.

Stir us by your spirit beyond fearful accumulation
toward outrageous generosity,
that giving bread to others makes for peace,
that giving drink to others makes for justice,
that giving and sharing opens the world and
assures abundance for all.

We pray this even as we ponder the gift of your Son
whom we ingest as bread and wine,
and tasting, find ourselves forgiven and renewed.

Feed us till we want no more!

— Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008)

 

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