Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Prayer of Wheat and Weeds

Dear God,

Give me wheat
Take the weeds

What I'm asking is...
Give me nourishment
Take the things that leave me famished

Give me that which sustains
Take what leaves me disoriented

Give me what is valuable and lasting
Take my disolving treasure

And You decide what is wheat and what is weed...
...since I can't always tell the difference

Amen



Matthew 13:24-30 NRSV
24 He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, "Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?' 28 He answered, "An enemy has done this.' The slaves said to him, "Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29 But he replied, "No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.' "