I. Prayer of the Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk
Though the fig tree does not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vine,
the yield of the olive fail,
and the fields produce no food,
and there be no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
take joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength;
he makes my feet as light as a doe’s;
he sets my steps on high places.
(Habakkuk 3: 17-19)
II. prayer of the streets, 2022
Though Satan, predator
of back streets, dark turns of alleys,
proffers the syringe of forgetfulness,
the numbing sweet poison of no Past,
no Tomorrow, an easy step off the curb,
heedless traffic, the solace of
train tracks, imminent locomotives,
we pray to resist the Evil
sufficient to each day,
rejoice in the Word
spoken from the Beginning,
overcoming the Darkness
with the Light of Love.
Jesus, Holy Spirit,
companion to the least of us,
be our strong arm
each morning, our salvation
in time of distress.
(Isaiah 33: 2)