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“Epiphany” by Walter Brueggemann

January 6, 2015

On Epiphany day,

we are still the people walking.

We are still people in the dark,

and the darkness looms large around us,

beset as we are by fear,





a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.


We are—we could be—people of your light.

So we pray for the light of your glorious presence

as we wait for your appearing;

we pray for the light of your wondrous grace

as we exhaust our coping capacity;

we pray for your gift of newness that

will override our weariness;

we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust

in your good rule.


That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact

your rule through the demands of this day.

We submit our day to you and to your rule,

with deep joy and high hope.

Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People, (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008) 164.


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