25 May 2009

praying: for memorial day: 'thanksgiving for those who preceded us'

"Our Father, you who have mothered us by giving us good forebears, we thank you for those who have preceded us. Without them, faithful and unfaithful, we would not be. Often we little understand what they must have been like, yet they passed on to us a sense of how wonderful it is to be your people. may we be capable of producing yet new generations born of your hope. Amen."

*Prayer by Stanley Hauerwas, Painting by Jasper Johns.
While I sincerly doubt this prayer would have necessarily been prayed in a memorial day setting, its humility and perspective seem apt.

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