God of New Paths — Affirmation of Faith from Argentina

From Red Crearte comes an affirmation of faith from Gerardo Oberman. the translation into English is Katie Fiegenbaum’s with loosely adapted for congregational reading by me. It is a psalm for the journey.

We believe in a God
who guides us along the path of life;
who is shade, protecting from burning heat,
refreshing water for blistering thirst,
a light that illuminates
the very edges of existence,
marking the skyline with summits.

We believe in a God
who is fire that gathers, brightens, encourages
and bread that feeds, nourishes, gives life.

We believe in a God
who does not rush too fast —
who knows how to wait, patiently;
never striding with the footsteps
of the arrogant or insensitive;
but understanding times of weariness
and the fragile pace of those who are small.

We believe in a God
who always points forwards,
where the sun of justice
shines the face of a new tomorrow
for all of humankind.

We believe in a God
who, for each one walking into eternity,
blesses the path with companionship
and sanctifies it with hope.

We believe in a God
who even invents new paths as they are needed,
where no path has led before
and who travels them
so we are not alone. Amen.

Dios de sendas nuevas

Camino rural Argentina

Camino rural Argentina

Creemos en un Dios
que nos guía por el camino del vivir;
que es sombra que protege del calor que calcina
y agua refrescante para la sed que lastima;
que es luz que alumbra
los bordes de la existencia,
marcando el horizonte de la plenitud.
Creemos en un Dios
que es fuego que reúne, que alegra y anima
y pan que alimenta, que nutre, que da vida.
Creemos en un Dios
que no se apura demasiado,
que sabe esperar, paciente;
que no sigue los pasos del prepotente o del insensible;
que comprende los tiempos del cansado
y el ritmo frágil de los pequeños.
Creemos en un Dios
que señala siempre hacia delante,
donde el sol de la justicia
asoma el rostro de un mañana nuevo
para toda la humanidad.
Creemos en un Dios
que, cual caminante eterno,
bendice el camino con su presencia
y lo santifica de esperanzas.
Creemos en un Dios
que inventa sendas
y que, con nosotros,
las transita. Amén.

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4 Responses to God of New Paths — Affirmation of Faith from Argentina

  1. Lucy Brady says:

    Thank you for this beautiful affirmation of faith!

  2. Nancy Rockwell says:

    These are good words indeed, brought to us through three wise hearts! Oberman is not often enough translated for us. Thanks.

  3. Maren says:

    Katie is at American University with a double major in Spanish and Arabic (and has lived in Argentina — the Spanish is idiosyncratic)– a great resource and she turns things around in 24 hours.

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