Walter Brueggemann is a renowned Old Testament scholar who will be at St. Matthew’s on Martin Luther King weekend as our preacher and Dimensions of Faith lecturer. His book “Prayers for a Privileged People” speak directly to those of us who find ourselves privileged because of the luck of birth and skin color.
The prayer “We Bid Your Presence” based on Psalm 22 (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?…”) concludes
We acknowledge your dreadful absence and insist on your presence.
Come again, come soon. Come here.
That is the prayer I want God to hear, but when I am honest, in my heart I find myself frequently adding,
And too often we dread your presence and insist on your absence,
that we might justify doing what you would not have us do.