I’ve been looking for a few days for liturgical prayers that express anger; genuine angry prayers that a community can give together.
I can’t find any.
I can find prayers to release anger and prayers that pray for solace and shalom, but I find no prayers that let the pray-er pray to the pray-ee that they are currently angry, and offer no sign of releasing said emotional state.
Hypothesis: Somewhere along the way, the church neutered prayer language to be emotionally harmless, sterile, request rituals to an occasionally wish dispensing deity.
Here. These folks were angry.
Why do you stand so far away, Lord,
hiding yourself in troubling times?
My God! My God,
why have you left me all alone?
Why are you so far from saving me—
so far from my anguished groans?
I will say to God, my solid rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I have to walk around,
sad, oppressed by enemies?
Wake up! Why are you sleeping, Lord?
Get up! Don’t reject us forever!
Why are you hiding your face,
forgetting our suffering and oppression?
God, why have you abandoned us forever?
Why does your anger smolder
at the sheep of your own pasture?
Why do you pull your hand back?
Why do you hold your strong hand close to your chest?
Why should the nations say,
“Where’s their God now?”
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“There is no monolith narrative. The bounds are not set. The work of God is fluid (perhaps even vapor). As we are given choice of how to live, so does God have creative authority to act in ways that we are not privy to. We call it outside-of-the box, he refers to it as holy, because his actions are set-apart.”
- Me, about 12 minutes ago.
If you’ve only known me for the past four years, it’s unlikely that you’ve known that we had a second dog. Because of the rules in the various condos/homes we’ve lived in, our oldest dog, Fred (a behemoth of a Black Lab) couldn’t live with us. My mom and older brother were gracious enough to take him in, rather than forcing us to find another family for him.
Fred died over the weekend. He was 14. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk ever since I found out. He was the cowardly lion that I just couldn’t say no to. He came to us via a no-kill shelter in Texas when he was 4. The first time we met, he shoved his whole 60+ pound body between my legs and sat there. He would do that often.
He didn’t like the water, so he never swam in our pool, which I always thought was bizarre.
He would take ever chance he could to lay in our laps. Imagine a hair fourth grader trying to curl up on your lap and take a nap. That was Fred.
He snuck food off of my TV tray.
He’d grab my arm with his massive paw to get me to pet him.
He loved to ‘rassle.
He would let our chihuahua curl up on his big torso, and they would sleep, stacked, for hours at a time.
I’ve had many dogs, but Fred was special.
In the later years of his life, when I would go to visit him, we would recognize me and my commands for him less and less. I imagined this was due to his loyalty to his new home. This was fine. His loyalty was almost cliche, if it weren’t so endearing.
I don’t see any of my dogs as “family members”, they have always been pets, animals to care for, and to be a steward of, but Fred’s passing has made a different mark on me, making me rethink some of my own training to how an animal fits in the family unit. Maybe that’s because Im getting older, maybe its because my perspective is changing, I don’t really know.
I just know I’m going to miss that dog.
GEEK RANT – DO NOT READ
You CANNOT read a primary source historical text with any hope for understanding it without at least attempting to grasp the economic implications that the authors, subject matter, and sitz-im leben faced.
I’d go so far as to say it may be THE primary subtext that a reader has to use in unpacking a text.
The economic conditions of any give historical era drive the narratives of everything from the ruling body to the nature of life in the family unit. How is skipping the driving narrative of a time period beneficial to the interpretation of the text?! Yet how often is this matter skipped in analyzation of the Pauline text of the Bible? Or Sumerian flood mythology? Or the Illead? Or Chaucer?
It seems as though economic considerations are only made in what some consider to be “purely” historical studies (as if there is such a thing!).
To assume that a text is limited to the words on the page, and not the context it is written in is a foul of the first degree to any experienced reader. But to assume that some elements of context trump the economic conditions of the day is a error that will create a ripple effect of bad interpretation for the entire piece.
You don’t want that, do you? DO YOU?!
TL;DR: Do your due diligence and study the full landscape of a primary source!!!! Including the economics of the day!!
Ok, I feel a little better now.