How long?

How long O Lord, how long?

Don’t you see, haven’t you heard? We are a people prone to perish. We are aching and withering away. We are desolate, tired, bedraggled, and torn to our very hearts. This life is so much, so heavy. How long must we wait for you to intervene? How long must we cry to heaven, longing for comfort but finding only silence. How long must we watch as things fall apart, going from bad to worse to even worse still. How long?

They say you are gracious, comforting, and love. Are you, or do you speak to us with kind words while leaving us all alone?

How long O Lord, how long?

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How long O Lord, how long?

How long will sexual abuse be allowed to flourish? How long will children be hurt? How long will princes, kings, governments, and law makers make it hard to bring the abusers to justice? How long will the ravages of abuse remain in the shadows of people’s lives? How long will we find that abuse is more normal than we ever feared? How long will we be unable to protect little girls and little boys from a twisted sexual history of hurt and shame?

They say you are sovereign, lord of space and time. Are you, or do you sit as helpless as we are watching horror stories unfold?

How long O Lord, how long?

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How long O Lord, how long?

Your people perish because of economic hardship, because of illness of the body and the mind, and because of wounds inflicted by the evil in your world. We are pressed. We are crushed. We are dying. Looking around, I can see those who are prospering, and they don’t look like your people. Those who oppress, who take advantage, who disregard the weight of loving their neighbor: these are the people who prosper. What about us, the lowly and the oppressed? What about the humble, the poor in spirit?

They say you are merciful, close to those who draw near to you. Are you, or do you keep in your lofty towers and never bother with the suffering and those of us in need?

How long O Lord, how long?

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How long O Lord, how long?

Have you seen your church? Do you hear what passes for a safe community? How can you stand by and see what people do, preach, and defend in your name and do nothing? Where is the Spirit of God among your people? There is abuse in the name of leadership, cultural moralism in the name of theology, and judgement in the name of love. How is this bringing the kingdom of heaven? Where is Jesus in this mess?

They say you are jealous and just. Are you, or are you content to let corruption, bullying, and marketing pass for the church build in your name?

How long O Lord, how long?

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How long O Lord, until your name breaks forth on this earth, until nations cease to rage and princes, pastors, and political pundits cease to plot in vain? How long until the church is safe for the abused, the wounded, those who long for Jesus? How long until you come and set all things right, make all things well?

How long O Lord, how long?

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