We live mostly on the surface of things—
suspended over the deep
on the thinnest veil of presuppositions, assumptions, and taken-for-granteds—
of habits, justifications, collusion.
I am not, in fact, sure we can do otherwise.
But we don’t have to live ignoring or denying that this is the case.
And too often, we do.
As if benefitting now—from now
is not a debt incurred—
payment to be marked due.
It would behoove us to pay greater attention
to the depths beneath us
and the currents within them—
comprised, at least in part,
by the truths we force below the surface of things—
below that thin veil of appearance—
the systemic injustices we don’t want to acknowledge,
the privileges of the few and the prejudices of the many,
the profound inequities
justified politically socially economically
all the -ally’s—
God who hovered over the surface of the deep—
who separated the dry land from the waters,
Call forth from the chaos of our time
the strong foundation
that will bear the weight of community.
Separate from the chaos—
and the rhetoric—
the work of justice and peace,
of righteousness and humility—
and, for many of us,
the work of confessing
that we assume such a solid foundation
would cost us more than that thin veil—
whose costs we don’t immediately see—
buried as they are in immediate benefits and gratifications.
God, may we who profess your story,
live its transformatively loving topsy-turviness
in more honest and vulnerable ways
than in what typically amounts to just subtle and blatant
approval of us.