Liturgy

Prayer-Poem for Earthquakes, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and Other Extra-Ordinary Times

by Taylor Burton-Edwards

The earth shook under our feet (this week).
No human damage done,
But bricks fell, roads cracked,
Chandeliers rocked and chimed.
 

The earth shook under our feet (this week),
A long shudder,
And woke us up early one morning,
If we could feel and hear it.

 

But are we awake?

The people on the earth are shaking every day, O God.
Jesus, your body is quaking,
Sometimes from fear, sometimes in pain,
Sometimes from our refusal to feel and hear the pain of others.

 

The people on the earth are shaking every day, O God.
Fevers from malaria or AIDS, tremors from starvation,
Cries and howls of grief for children gone, women raped,
Wars and violence breaking lives,
Governments, terrorists, and groups
That do not stop the madness,
But sustain and even spur it.

 

The waters above the earth, and on the earth, and beneath the earth are churning:
Storms stronger than they had been, floods where homes reside,
Ice melting, seas rising, atmosphere thinning,
Millions who must move or face destruction.

 

The people on earth are shaking every day, O God.
Jesus, your body is quaking, always, everywhere.

 

Rouse us, Holy Spirit! Flash fire around us, and on us, and in us!
Let your fires of justice burn in our hearts, a blaze across the lands,
A beacon for the long night that is coming
And now is.

 

Pour out refreshing waters on the dry places,
Feed your people, all people, through the floods
Not of water, but of kindness. Let kindness roll,
An ever-flowing stream.

 

And turn the shaking of the earth, Great Maker,
The quaking of your body, Jesus,
The rousing of your people, Spirit,
Into the dance of Love in which you live,
In which all Life resides,
From which it flows,
And to which it returns:
In you, One and Holy, now and ever. Amen.

Categories: Times of Crisis, Natural Disasters, Day of Pentecost, Sundays After Pentecost