Reflection on Jeremiah 32, for the United States

Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

God, give us the courage of a Jeremiah
to believe in houses of hope
fields of community policing
and the vineyards
full of the communion
that is black lives matter.

Give us the courage of Jeremiah
to believe that someday in Tulsa and Charlotte,
in Falcon Heights and Baton Rouge,
in Cleveland and Ferguson
and Waller County Texas,
in Chicago, Charleston, Baltimore –

children will play in the parks,
people will walk,
some will drive on the roads
with their tail lights out
or reach for a driver’s license.

God, we know there is a cost
and we must be buyers
who may never see that day.
There will be a long, involved process,
and you will call on all of us
to make covenants,
to seal them with law,
to make open what is closed,
to fold treasure in the earthen vessels
of our commitment. Amen

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