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Donkeys Over Destruction: A prayer of peace for the Mideast

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euphratesAfter reading Zechariah 9:9-12 in my new favorite devotional bible called The Voice Bible, I realized the lectionary passage this week provided my prayer for the escalating violence and the renewed war in Iraq. I know that reading, praying and working for this vision for the world runs contrary to so much we see and hear. But as spiritual practice, I believe his words should be the loudest to us, even if they seem like whispers among drums.

I find it a hopeful serendipity that the passage for this week specifically mentions peace for the area of the Euphrates river, which runs through the heart of Iraq and Syria.

 

“He will make peace with the nations;
His sovereignty will extend from coast to coast,
from the Euphrates River to the limits of the earth.” -Zechariah 9:10

 

I offer my reinterpretation of the prophesy of Zechariah as a prayer of peace:

 

Donkeys Over Destruction

 

Triumphant Donkey King,
We pray the ludicrous and luminous,
prayer of peace.

 

With weeping and laughter,
victors and survivors,
rejoice at wars end.

 

We lay our coats down,
paving the way of your arrival,
with all that protects us.

 

We commit to the work of peace,
dismantling pretense,
paranoia
and preemptive fear.

 

We choose to stop,
retire
and go home,
in courageous trust.

 

You make peace,
Your power is able,
tame our raging waters,
and extend calm,
to the ends of the earth.

 

We pray because you promised,
Blood ends blood,
and liberty is victorious,
over death.

 

Our homes are full again,
we return to one another,
hostages of hope,
secure in the abundant
spoils of peace.
Eric Blauer
Eric Blauerhttp://fcb4.tumblr.com/
I am Frederick Christian Blauer IV, but I go by Eric, it sounds less like a megalomaniac but still hints at my Scandinavian destiny of coastal conquest and ultimate rule. I have accumulated a fair number of titles: son, brother, husband, father, pastor, writer, artist and a few other more colorful titles by my fanged fans. I am a lover of story be it heard, read or watched in all beauty, gory or glory. I write and speak as an exorcist or poltergeist, splashing holy water, spilling wine and breaking bread between the apocalypse and a sleeping baby. I am possessed by too many words and they get driven out like wild pigs and into the waters of my blog at www.fcb4.tumblr.com. I work as a pastor at Jacob's Well Church (www.jacobswellspokane.com) across the tracks on 'that' side of town. I follow Christ in East Central Spokane among saints, sinners, angels, demons, crime, condoms, chaos, beauty, goodness and powerful weakness. I have more questions than answers, grey hairs than brown, fat than muscle, fire than fireplace and experience more love from my wife, family and friends than a man should be blessed with in one lifetime.

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