in the midst of it all

In the midst of who we are—
in the midst of all that we do
and all that happens around us—
in the midst of all that in which we participate
and all that in which we have no say,
we pause.

We cultivate the discipline
of remembering who You are,
remembering what You do,
and what You would have us do—
how You would have us be.

Then, in the midst of all the captivating story-lines
of politics and culture,
we cultivate the discipline
of remembering another story—

and of remembering that we truly like it better.

So, amidst the chaos,
we say: “In the beginning, God.”
And within the cynicism and despair, we say:
“In the end, God.”
And within all the questions and doubts, we say:
“And right now, God.”

It’s the best and truest story we know.
Thanks be to You.
Amen.

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