Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sabbath at General Conference - Breathe Deep

Yesterday was a difficult day for General Conference folks. Feelings of frustration, defeat, anger, sorrow - the emotions that discourage us and demotivate us and demoralize us and de-whatever else us. Times like these remind us that prayer is ever more important and necessary - the prayer of listening and discernment. My friend Ken Carter said it well: we have to be vigilant about the realities of process, protest, and power - and frame every day with prayer.

I'm reminded of a song I heard Ed Kilbourne and Chris Hughes sing many years ago, written by Terry Taylor. We all need to sit, and breathe deep:
CHORUS: Breathe deep, breathe deep the breath of God
Breathe deep, breathe deep the breath of God

Politicians, morticians, Philistines, homophobes
Skinheads, Deadheads, tax evaders, street kids
Alcoholics, workaholics, wise guys, dim wits
Blue collars, white collars, warmongers, peaceniks

Suicidals, rock idols, shut-ins, dropouts
Friendless, homeless, penniless, depressed
Presidents, residents, foreigners, and aliens
Dissidents, feminists, xenophobes, and chauvinists (CHORUS)

Evolutionists, creationists, perverts, slum lords
Dead beats, athletes, Protestants, and Catholics
Housewives, neophytes, pro-choice, pro-life
Misogynists, monogamists, philanthropists, blacks and whites (CHORUS)

Po-lice, obese, lawyers, governments
Sex offenders, tax collectors, war vets, rejects
Atheists, scientists, racists, sadists
Biographers, photographers, artists and pornographers (CHORUS)

Gays and lesbians, demagogues and thespians
The disabled, preachers, doctors and teachers
Meat eaters, wife beaters, judges and juries
Long hairs, no hairs, everybody everywhere! (CHORUS)
- ©1992 Brainstorm Artists, Terry Taylor
May that be our prayer today - and everyday: Breathe deep - breathe deep the breath of God.


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