The Way Out

(An adoration from Exodus 15:1-18)

 

Saviour who saves by destroying our enemies,

We marvel at the way you go about your work of being God.

We would not do things your way,

But so often that is the very thing you point towards,

And the reason why we so often mess things up.

 

Even when we are not at fault, but have been the victims of the terror of others

You have rescued us.

Horse and rider you have thrown into the sea:

The purveyors of terror are no more.

 

We stand to praise our God and the God of our fathers and mothers.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The God of Moses, Caleb and Joshua.

The God of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel.

The God of Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Maccabees.

 

The God of Russell Street, Hoddle Street, and Port Arthur.

The God of 9/11, 7/7, and Bastille Day.

The God of yesterday at Parson’s Green.

 

God of ex-hodos,

Master of the road out,

We choose to adore you and to trust you.

 

Great cloud of God,

Mighty Host of the Lord’s Armies,

Defend and protect us from those who would do us harm.

Stand and uphold your right arm

Against those who would pursue and overtake,

That we would not be the divided spoil and a destroyed people,

But the Lord’s own heritage in this land.  Amen.

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