God, did you hear?

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God, did you hear the world shout?
They decided
not
to believe
in you.
Not just
a lone voice
in the desert,
but all your believers, too.

God, did you hear the world shout?
Give us
science,
that’s what we
understand.
The scientific method
will unify the nations
and bring solace and joy
to the land.

God, with all the shouting,
how can anyone hear?
How can they look
at your creation
and not believe
you are near?

God, we humans
have made such an awful mess
of what you created for us
while not believing
and wanting everything
except you
we’ve made
deadly short cuts
to our lusts.

God forgive us
and bring us
into relationship
with you.
Let us place you first
in our hearts and homes
until the world you made
is renewed.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelations 21:1-4

See Through Me, Lord.

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I am strong, because I’ve been weak.
I’m fearless, because I’ve been afraid.
I’m wise, because I’ve been foolish.
Ritu Ghataurayu

See through me, Lord. Lay waste all my devices of hiding.
You, the one who sees in me what I cannot, bring forth
what is worthy to serve.

See through me, Lord. When I insist on complication, let
the child within me express enthusiasm and simple, powerful
faith.

See through me, Lord. Encourage me to be foolish, when I
would rather waste time calculating risks, than boldly do what You ask.

See through me, Lord.
Lord, see me through.