We are much drawn to circuses
We reckon bread and circuses is a good political routine.
We are much drawn to circuses,
and we imagine that we own the bakery.
On our own we do not want to choose between guns and butter,
so deliver us from all the guns,
all the butter,
all the circuses,
all the bread that we bake.
Give us the leanness to understand and receive and celebrate
the few nourishments for our common life
that come from you
that is all we need.
So override our anxieties about what we shall eat
and what we shall drink
and what we shall wear
and where we shall live
and what we will save
and how we will spend
and what we shall have
that in intentional and visible and public ways
we may live as befits your liberated partners.
We pray in the name of Jesus who,
as far as we know,
never went to the circus.
From Awed to Heaven Rooted in Earth, Prayers of Walter Brueggemann
I read this prayer right after have a brief conversation about politics. Nothing bad, but a general conversation about the dissatisfaction of the state of politics in general. We the people have to become a little more responsible. If a politician promises to cut taxes and increase service we need to be skeptical. We have to remember that one person’s essential program is another person’s wasteful program. A prime example is free breakfast and lunch for school kids. At the other extreme is waiting periods for purchasing a gun. We the people have to stand up and be counted. Not in a radical or militant way, but quietly, with certitude, with confidence that the system does work. Don't let the radio, TV or internet tell you how the system is "supposed to" work. Remember the US History Class you took in Jr. High and Elementary. We have been taught how the system works. Trust what you know.