A Prayer on Theodicy
Another day dawns and it whispers of bad news. Another person dying of cancer, another marriage falling apart, another family whose money has run out, another person’s faith reeling and staggering, another hate-fuelled bomb goes off around the world, another storm strikes killing hundreds…
And this morning, another prayer from Walter Brueggemann’s Prayers for Privileged People. This one is called “On Theodicy”:
That we gladly and confidently confess—
And yet, we notice your creatures not well fed but mired in hunger, poverty, and despair.
And yet, we notice the power of evil that stalks the best of us: the power of cancer, the dread of war, sadness of death—”good death” or cruel death.
And so we pray confidently toward you, but with footnotes that qualify. We pray confidently, but we will not deny in your presence the negatives that make us wonder.
We pray amid our honest reservations, give us patience to wait, impatience to care, sadness held honestly, surrounded by joy over your coming kingdom—and peace while we wait—and peace at the last, that we may be peacemakers and so your children.
We pray in the name of your firstborn Son, our peacemaker.