When I wrestle again with the day’s past performance,
I remember with sorrow all the troubles I began.
Then I wrestle with what in my life has importance.
What kindness and care will I plan?
With my family and friends who are always beside me
I hear plenty of wisdom but we fight that I guarantee.
How can people so close to me differ and disagree?
We struggle to keep unity.
In the ways of the world there is much that is terrible:
injustice and violence, and rape of the earth,
enslavement of peoples and suffering unbearable.
How much is each human life worth?
We must wrestle again in the forging of treaties;
uniting with others to make all injustice cease.
and act with all speed to protect every species
so that all life may flourish in peace.
This was written for a service at Palmers Green United Reformed Church when the Bible readings were Genesis 32.22-30, Psalm 121 and Luke 18.1-8
Suggested Tune ‘Life of the world’