Nine-Eleven

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Easy Sermon

by Mark Jarman

It must be easy to preach a sermon nowadays — A friend

 

Sermons are easy, Turgid or breezy,

When everything goes wrong

Every scripture Leads on to rapture,

When doom has struck its gong.

 

When towers are falling

And muezzins are calling,

It’s simple to kneel and pray.

A message will come

To the deaf and the dumb

In an easygoing way

 

When nothing is certain,

Up goes the curtain

Where the inner sanctum lurks

And everyone sees

The forest and trees,

The treason and the clerks.

 

And so every creature

Turns to the preacher

For the meaning of it all.

And a couple of cents

Can be sheer eloquence

When the highest powers fall.

 
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God of Hope and Peace:

Be near us.

Guard our hearts. Guard our minds. Guide our deeds.

Amen.

 

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The Rant

a morning prayer

 

Come near, Spirit of God, and listen. Listen closely.

Listen to my whispered words, my angry rants, my quiet conversations.

Consider all the ways my mind searches for reason.

Give thought to every way my heart reaches out for purpose and meaning.

Let every thought and uttered syllable come to you, as a cry for hope, peace, mercy and help.

Let every impulsive word be my prayer. Let my careful words be a psalm.

This is how I make my prayer, in busy mornings on hectic days.

Just like this: my voice, with every inflection, however it is heard, will come to you.

In the morning, you hear me.

Stay tuned. There will be a lot more to come.

Thanks for listening.

It’s good to know someone is.

Amen.
rant

Give ear to my words, O Lord; give thought to my heart-searchings. Let the voice of my cry come to you, my King and my God; for to you will I make my prayer. My voice will come to you in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I send my prayer to you, and keep watch.” Psalm 5:3