The Real Struggle

Some of us engaged in struggles for social justice have been incredibly naive about what has been happening in our own psyches. Our very identities are often defined by our resistance to evil. It’s our way of feeling good about ourselves: if we are against evil, we must be good. The impatience of some activists with prayer, meditation, and inner healing may itself betray an inkling of what they might find if they looked within. For the struggle against evil can make us evil, and no amount of good intentions automatically prevents its happening. The whole armor of God that Ephesians 6: 10– 20 counsels us to put on is crafted specifically to protect us against that contagion of evil within our own souls, and its metals are all forged in prayer.

Walter Wink. The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium

The Prayer I Posted on New Years Day

Just hours before we learned of Quincy's promotion I posted this prayer to our church's website... 

A New Years Prayer 
May God bless us with discomfort
At pat answers, partial truths, and
Anemic relationships
So we may live out of depth

May God bless us with challenges
To til the soil of our shallow commitment
So seeds of hope can take hold
And grow into great forests of faith

May He bless us with faith
Faith that keeps us foolish enough to believe
And brave enough to act
Faith is the thing hoped for and the assurance of what is going to happen.