Prayers of the People
—August 20

By Ted Loder
Offered by Silvi Pirn

Sometimes it Just Seems to Be Too Much

Sometimes, Lord,
it just seems to be too much:
too much violence, too much fear;
too much of demands and problems;
too much of broken dreams and broken lives;
too much of war and slums and dying;
too much of greed and squishy fatness
and the sounds of people
devouring each other and the earth;
too much of stale routines and quarrels,
unpaid bills and dead ends;
too much of words lobbed in to explode
and leaving shredded hearts and lacerated souls;
too much of turned away backs and yellow silence,
red rage and the bitter taste of ashes in my mouth.

Sometimes the very air seems scorched
by threats and rejection and decay
until there is nothing but to inhale pain
and exhale confusion.

Too much of darkness, Lord,
too much of cruelty and selfishness and indifference…

Too much, Lord,
too much, too bloody, bruising, brain-washing much.

Or is it too little, too little of compassion,
too little of courage,
of daring, of persistence, of sacrifice;
too little of music and laughter and celebration?

O God,
make of me some nourishment for these starved times,
some food for my brothers and sisters
who are hungry for gladness and hope,
that, being bread for them, I may also be fed and be full.

And we ask these things in the name of the One who taught us to pray. Please pray with me … “Our father…