A poem/prayer on the theme “favor.” Perhaps a loaded word depending on the church-y circles you may have been in. I’m wrestling with that here, as well as more generally what favor could mean in an unjust world.
Favor God, I don’t want the kind of favor where I have more and someone else has less. I want your favor for everyone I know. Favor in the good things they’re doing. Favor in the good people they are, the good inside of them. Favor to know they’re loved. Favor that gives confidence to keep trying, keep growing, keep moving. God, I don't know that I want unconditional favor. I want the kind that will get my attention when I start to go the wrong way. The kind that will direct and redirect my feet onto good paths. I don’t want the kind of favor that keeps me happily singing Jesus songs while my theology, my words, my actions, my attitudes make others suffer. I want the kind of favor that opens up a new world. Favor to level mountains and raise up valleys. Favor such that all are valued, all live freely and in joy. Favor toward a world where barriers, hierarchies, injustices are washed away. Favor like the sun’s warmth after weeks of rain. Favor like the smile of a baby who has not yet learned to distrust. Favor that holds us together when everything falls apart. Amen.
Unrelatedly, a few other updates:
- New Advent reflection on love – over at Christians for Social Action.
- I read this book called Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed – not a faith-based book, but got me thinking about how Jesus embodies some of the feminist images Ahmed writes about. Reflections over at Feminism & Religion – Willful Women, Feminist Killjoys, and Jesus.
- I’ve been writing about the Bible and how my views of its authority have changed over time – over at Patheos. Two pieces: What Does It Mean to Take the Bible Seriously? and The Bible is Inspired…and Complex.