On Creation – Walter Bruggemann
Yours – we gladly attest – is the kingdom, the power, and the glory.
Yours – we gladly assert – are the heavens and the earth.
It is you who has made all that is,
sun, moon, stars,
rivers, forests, minerals,
birds, beasts, fish – and us.
We say, “in your image.”
Yours the kingdom and the power and the glory – and then us.
You do not will us to be powerless either,
so you endow us with power to work – to rule – to govern.
We reflect you in our working – in our ruling – in our governing.
Ours is the chance for justice and/or injustice
for mercy and/or rigor
for peace and/or war.
We grow accustomed to our power,
and then are interrupted by the doxology on which we have bet everything:
Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. And we are glad.
— Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008)