A PRAYER FOR HAITI

January 2010

Most Holy Creator God, Lord of heaven and earth,

we bring before you today your people of Haiti.

It is You who set in motion the stars and seas,

You who raised up the mountains of the Massif de la Hotte

and Pic La Selle. It is You who made her people in your very image: Their gregarious hearts and generous spirits,

their hunger and thirst for righteousness and liberty.

It is you, O Lord, who planted the rhythms of konpa, Twoubadou,

and zouk in the streets of Cite-Soleil; You who walk the paths

outside of Jacmel and Hinche. Your people, O Lord, cry out to you.

Haiti, O Haiti: The world’s oldest black republic,

the second-oldest republic in the Western world.

God, You are the One who answers the cries of the suffering.

You are a God who sees, frees, and redeems your people.

“I too have heard the moaning of my people,” you spoke to Moses.

Now, Lord, speak again to Chanté, Agwe, Nadege, and Jean Joseph.

Speak now, O Lord, and comfort Antoine, Jean-Baptiste,

Toto, and Djakout. Raise up your people from the ash heap

of destruction and give them strong hearts and hands,

shore up their minds and spirits. Help them to bear this new burden.

As for us, Lord, we who are far away from the rubble and the dust,

from the sobbing and moans, but who hold them close in our hearts,

imbue us with the strength of Simon the Cyrene.

Help us to carry the Haitian cross. Show us how to lighten

their yoke with our prayers, our aid, our resources. Teach

us to work harder for justice in our own country and dignity in Haiti,

so that we may stand with integrity when we hold our Haitian families

in our arms once again. We ask this in the name of Jezikri,

Jesus Christ. Amen.

(c) Rose Marie Berger (reprint freely)

http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/getconnected/articles/APrayerForHaiti-RoseMarieBerger.pdf

This poem is actually a several hundred year old Mennonite rendering of the Lord’s Prayer, meant to make it memorizable and recitable in a relevant way.  This has made it’s way to the board at our house.  I especially love the line “Free us, as we free.”.  Reciprocal freedom, not solely individual, nor solely communal but the magical paradox of intertwining of me and us.  Great prayer.  Let is be so.

Abba Father God, Bless your holy name.

Let your reign come now, Let your desires be carried out.

Bring your peace to birth, As in heav’n, so on Earth

Give us bread, daily; Free us, as we free.

When the way is hard, Be our guide and guard.

Your rule, power; and praise Reign supreme, always.

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Let it be so.

One of the most powerful moments come in our lives when we discover that greed pervades all aspects of life’s self expansion.  The opposite of greed is not moderation, but trust.   Mistrust of God’s good intentions is the source of all wanting and greed.  We must experience a God expansion and see that he has given all we need for life and godliness.   Until we see that God has given us all things that we need, we will always look outside of God for things.  Trusting is Jesus is not the currency to buy a relationship with Jesus, but rather trust is the beat of a heart that acknowledges each moment as being full and complete, lacking nothing.

Below is a prayer from The Gentle Weapon: Prayers for Everyday and Not-So-Everyday Moments by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Dear God, 

save me from wanting 
what is not mine. 
Protect me from my own jealousy, 
from desiring 
the money or the possessions, 
the position or the honor 
that belong to another. 
Let me trust in You 
enough to believe 
that what is meant to be mine 
will come to me. 
Let me trust in You 
enough to be satisfied 
with all that I have 
today.