Prayer before the reading of a parable

Parable us, God,
and let us become like listeners
who do not already
know the punch line.

Let us feel sharp again –
the hug-envy
of watching a sibling’s welcome,
resentment at a lazy co-worker’s bonus
equal to our own,
a split wineskin of old worship
stuffed with new music,
embarrassment at a safely-buried
backyard talent,
and the memory of rubber laid down
dialing 911 on the road to Jericho.

The Bible has teeth.
Bite us and don’t let us go.

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One Response to Prayer before the reading of a parable

  1. Stephen Price says:

    Amen.

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