On Creation – Walter Bruggemann

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,

sometimes absolutizing,

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)

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