Forgiving Lord, I do not want my enemies forgiven. I want you to kill them (as sometimes prays the psalmist!)
Actually, I would prefer to pray that you punish them rather than kill them, since I would like to watch them suffer. Also, I fear losing my enemies, since my hates are more precious to me than my loves. If I lost my hates, my enemies, how would I know who I am?
Yet you have bent us toward reconciliation, that we may be able to pass one another Christ’s peace. It is a terrible thing to ask of us. I am sure I cannot do it, but you are a wily God able to accomplish miracles. May we be struck alive with the miracle of your grace, even to being reconciled with ourselves.
For the latest in our series of conversations about the work of Stanley Hauerwas, Johanna, Jason, and Teer talk about prayer and Stanley’s book Prayers Plainly Spoken.
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