While Lent is traditionally a time of taking stock of our lives, the pandemic has left many of us feeling that we’ve spent the past two years in Lent. Which is probably why Walter Brueggemann’s prayer spoke so acutely to my heart this morning. Titled, “A People With Many Secrets,” the prayer was used as Brueggemann opened a class on Psalms on January 14, 1999.
“A People With Many Secrets.”
You are the God from whom no secret can be hid,
and we are a people with many secrets,
that we want to tell for the sake of our lives,
that we dare not tell because they are deep and painful.
But they are our secrets… and they count for much;
they are our truth… rooted deep in our lives.
You are the God of all truth,
and now we bid you heed our truth,
about which we will not bear false witness…
The truth of grief unresolved,
the truth of pain unacknowledged,
the truth of fear too child-like,
the truth of hate, as powerful as it is deep,
the truth of being taken advantage of,
and being used,
and being manipulated,
We trust the great truth of your wondrous love,
but we will not sit still for it,
UNTIL you hear us.
Our truth – heard by you – will make us free.
So be the God of all truth, even ours,
we pray in the name of Jesus,
who is your best kept secret of hurt. Amen.
~ Walter Brueggemann January 14, 1999
From the book, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth, Walter Brueggemann, 2003, pg 25
*Other Devotions for Ash Wednesday through Easter came be found here.