Monday, December 10, 2007

Better Story Line?

Which is the better story line:
-Pats 13-0 or the Dolphins 0-13 (and they play next Sunday)
-Bonds indicted or Vick sentenced
-Pat Robertson endorsing Rudy or Oprah endorsing Obama
-Detroit having weather in the single digits or Houston enjoying the 80's (IN DEC.!!!)

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A Confessional Prayer

You asked for our hands that you might use them for your purpose,
We gave them for a moment then withdrew them for the work was hard.
You asked for our mouths to speak out against injustice,
We have given you a whisper that we might not be accused.
You asked for our eyes to see the pain of poverty,
We closed them for we did not want to see.
You asked for our ears, that we might hear the cries of the oppressed.
We did not listen for it was too hard.
You asked for our lives that you might work through us.
We gave a small part that we might not get too involved.
Forgive us for the times we have washed our hands of people, walked away when they needed us, offered half measure,
O God, our Father, forgive us.
We believe in one God, author of life, Creator of the universe.
We believe in the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came into the world to seek the lost and to redeem the whole of creation.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life, who renews us and helps us grow in the likeness of Christ.
We believe we are created to be faithful servants who will not waver or be crushed, who, by praying, working, and standing together can bring justice and truth to the whole earth.

7 comments:

jross said...

Like the story lines .... LOVE the prayer. With your consent, I would like to use it in this weekends bulletin.

Josh Ross said...

John, use it. I didn't write it. It is from an anonymous source.

Kara Graves said...

did you have to throw the Detroit reminder in there for us? We are going to get above freezing today...woohoo!

Josh Ross said...

Kara,
Sorry about throwing Detroit in there. What had me laughing was when your husband and I were talking last week, he said, "It is 8 degrees here." On that same day it reached 80 here.
Well know this--my a/c is still on. We had it set on 70 last night. :)
A cold front is coming through today. It is supposed to get down to the 50's! Brrr...

Rick Ross said...

I'm pulling for the Dolphins! What a great story THAT would be.

Bonds and Vick? Sports has much better stories.

Pat endorsing Rudy -- no big deal.
Oprah endorsing Obama -- big deal.

Detroit is supposed to be cold in December.
Houston is hot ALL the time.

Great poem!

Anonymous said...

It would be fantastic if the Dolphins won! I would agree about the comment about Bonds and Vick except that some people I know that rarely mention morals have commented on how much Vick has lost in money, prestige, and his life.
One reason I love Houston is that we rarely get snow!
I also love the prayer-it is hard to stay focused during this season of being too stressed and busy to take time to reflect on what we should be doing.

Josh Graves said...

Detroit LOVE . . . wow!

As long as Detroit gets ink, i don't care.