A Prayer for When You’re in the Middle of the Story

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you,

Do not fear; I will help you.
–Isaiah  41:13 (NIV)

God, you promised to help me,
your right hand guiding,
with a cautious squeeze
or a confident tug.

But where were you this time?

You could have warned me.
There’s nothing worse than a friend
who sees you heading off a cliff
and says

I suppose I should have waited longer,
listened deeper.
But you should have
tried a little harder–
shouted even.

But you didn’t
and people got hurt.

Eventually, I’ll be able to
justify your silence,
trust a bigger picture,
see the idol I worshipped.

But right now, God,
I don’t like you very much.
So don’t try to cuddle up;
I’m not in the mood.

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
–Psalm 10:1 (NRSV)

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Love Mischief for the World

Here’s why Fred and I are done with conventionally grown bananas and the Chiquita Banana lady.

For consumers, bananas are a delicious and nutritious start to the day, a healthy snack and a fixture in our fruit bowls. For millions of residents in the banana lands, the production of bananas means social upheaval, violence and pesticide poisoning. Banana Land explores the origins of these disparate realities and opens the conversation on how workers, producers and consumers can address this disconnect. bananalandmovie.org

What love mischief are you and God doing to care for the world?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
“Alone” by Andrei Niemimäki. Used with permission.
“Cold” (Lima, Peru) by Luis Alveart. Used with permission.
Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2017.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2017.  http://www.estherhizsa.com 

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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