Excerpted from LtQ’s new “Saving Jesus Redux,” the words of Robert Raines are given voice in this prayer for the New Year. May your discontent lead to change and transformation in 2011!
make me discontented with things the way they are in the world,
and in my own life.
Make me notice the stains when people get spilled on.
Make me care about the slum child downtown, the misfit at work,
the people crammed into the mental hospital,
the men, women and youth behind bars.
Jar my complacency, expose my excuses,
get me involved in the life of my city and world.
Give me integrity once more, O God,
as we seek to be changed and transformed,
with a new understanding and awareness of our common humanity.
— Robert Raines (adapted)