Friday, September 17, 2010
Pondering the Small Ways
(On reading Zechariah 4:10)
We ponder you in your greatness.
We bless you in your wonders of creation.
We magnify you for your miracles of deliverance.
We relish the news of your gift
of newness give us in Jesus of Nazareth.
We make our doxology as large as we can,
in order to match your
massive presence in the world.
But then, in slow times and in lesser venues,
we know you to be the God of small things:
one widow and one orphan,
one touch of healing,
one lunch turned to much food,
one small temple for a small people in a small city,
one small scroll to power the small city.
On good days we are among those,
who do not occupy ourselves
with things too great and too marvelous.
It is enough that short of glory and magnificence,
you hang in to make small places your venue for governance.
We are grateful for your "tidbits"
that bespeak life among us.
(Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People, 101)