At the urging of my cousin, I read Walter Brueggemann’s book: “Sabbath as Resistance”.
[ Brueggemann, Walter (2014-01-31). “Sabbath as Resistance”, Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition. ]
And it struck a strong chord with me as I have been given to pray that generosity replace greed in and around me. The book looks at the 4th of the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament scriptures, and sees the Sabbath as demonstrating the restful nature of God and the provisioning for peaceable community. This is in contrast to the competitive, “more, more, more” and “never enough” environment we live in today.
And I also noted that greed is considered an idol, a false god in the scriptures.
walking under the power of riches
real and imagined
burns in us
a desire for
this commodity god
eggs us on
to more, more, more
an over saturation in consumer desires
at the expense of those left behind to fend for themselves
fighting over the loser’s portion
Sabbath walking with a restful God
who forgives debts on a regular basis
is hard to imagine
but perhaps it appears
in small ways with family and friends
here and there
dare I believe
and even ask
that the god of greed
be crushed under my,
that God’s gifting generosity
would expand to fill the void
first in me
what would such a prayer answer
I am beginning to see.