By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Presbyterians have a hard time navigating biblical scholarship without running into Walter Brueggemann. Brueggemann writes early and often with an attentiveness to the prophetic voice of freedom and justice. Profuse. Profound. Always grounded. His prayer below uses this word kairos, a word that describes time, but not chronos or “calender time,” not “linear time,” but more like “holy time,” a phrase that brings to mind phrases like “for such a time as this.” “Fleshed kairos” then is, I think, that incarnational Christ-like moment in which God is with you in exactly the right way at exactly the right time nudging you in exactly the way that you notice and feel and know. This prayer holds so much of our hope to hand over our whole lives to God, our calendars included, and we have so desperately had to do that these last months: whole segments of our calendars were just simply erased.
May this prayer deepen your work of handing over your life to God. May this prayer connect you in embodied ways to the Lord our God who meets us exactly where we are when we need that divine nudge.
Let us pray:
Our times are in your hands:
But we count our times for us;
we count our days and fill them with us;
we count our weeks and fill them with our busyness;
we count our years and fill them with our fears.
And then we are caught up short with your claim
Our times are in your hands!
Take our times, times of love and times of weariness,
Take them all, bless them and break them,
give them to us again,
slow paced and eager,
fixed in your readiness for neighbor.
Occupy our calendars,
Flood us with itsy-bitsy, daily kairoi,
In the name of your fleshed kairos. Amen.
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