God, help me listen to these Bible words
not as an excuse, a platform or a decoration
for the sermon
I was already planning to preach,
but as explosively new this morning
as they were so long ago.
Inconvenience me with new insight.
Challenge every interpretation
I have ever read.
Expose my cheap illustrations.
Undermine my favorite
and theological preferences.
But since all those folks are sitting there …
teach me to tap dance
and change my heart.