Litanies & Prayers

Adelante—Keep Moving Forward

by Ken Sehested

Come close, sisters and brothers, all you who have journeyed to this House of Memory, to this Table of Delight. All you anear, welcome!. All from afar ¡bienvenido!

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us join the assembly of mercy to hear again the mandate of peace.”

The journey is long, and sometimes hard, and we ask anew: ¿Es una buena lucha? Is the struggle good?

¡Es una buena lucha! It is good indeed!

O Blessed One of Heaven, whose claim breaches every earthly border, hear both the sorrows that rise in burdened sighs and the joys that arouse the dawn.

Confide again the psalmist’s promise that tear-sown labor will unfold in jubilating harvest. 

We gather here, scattered parts of one body, living as we do

In the echo of the rolled stone, with its foretaste of insurrection,

Between Easter’s announcement and Pentecost’s disclosure,

Between the Resurrection moment and the Resurrection movement.

¿Es una buena lucha?

¡Es una buena lucha!

O Wisdom’s Table, surety of incarnation’s stable and every tomb’s disable,

Grant persevering power,

Firmeza permanente,

Faithful endurance.

¡Adelante!

Keep moving forward!

All singing:
      We are marching in the light of God. . . .
      Marcharemos en la luz de Dios. . . .
      Siyahamba ekukhanyeni kwenkhos. . . .

 

Text references include Psalm 122:1, Psalm 126:5, Proverbs 9:1-6, Hebrews 12:1, Revelation 2:10.

©Ken Sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org