Posted by: skokiecentralchurch | May 9, 2011

2011.05.09 A Prayer-Poem Upon the Death of Osama bin Laden

The following Prayer was lifted on Sunday, May 08, 2011 by the People of Skokie Central Church.

Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission.”  You may view the original at http://www.gbod.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=nhLRJ2PMKsG&b=5609115&ct=9377831

A Prayer-Poem Upon the Death of Osama bin Laden

by Taylor Burton-Edwards

Relief, release,

for ten years awaited


by all whose lives ceased


in planes and towers,
   

or battlefields, caves or roadways far from home

in these succeeding years:


The dead must have their voice.

So, too, the living, 


those whose mourning could not reach full closure

until this news:


Osama, too, is dead.

In these United States some celebrate

a victory long sought,
   

an objective long elusive:


To find and bring this man to trial,

or to visit on him
   

what he had visited on far too many
      

in far too many places
      

for far too long.

Some also sigh, or sob,

or cry with groans that beg,
   

“Can this one death atone for all our loss?”


And others start to ask,
   

“May this one death unleash a thousand more?”

Relief and fear,


wonder and sorrows relived, renewed:


This is where we are.

This news of death as justice


cuts all ways,

leaving us with wounds that heal


and fester,


all at once.

And so we pray:

Jesus, risen,


Conqueror of Death,


heal us.

Jesus, risen,


Great High Priest,


hear our cries as prayer.

Jesus, risen,


Redeemer of the World,

deliver us from temptation.

Jesus, risen,


Judge of living and dead,


have mercy upon us and all whom you have made.

Jesus, risen,


Prince of Peace,


show us the paths of Life.

Amen.

 

Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission.”  You may view the original at http://www.gbod.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=nhLRJ2PMKsG&b=5609115&ct=9377831

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