To the Master Builder (or last night I saw The Lego Movie – a prayer for churches)

Not afraid to try something different.
Not afraid to try something different.

When there’s no vision, the people get out of control,
    but whoever obeys instruction is happy. (Psalm 29:18, CEB)

“Everything is awesome,”
sing the little Lego robots,
in a world where the Power Force
follows instruction manuals
to a 5/16 by 3/8 brick.

The hero of the story
can imagine things not found
in the instructions, a
nice ideal, nice work to do,
if someone has a vision.

Where there is no vision,
no coordinated, agreed-on
dream we hope to bring to life,
no hope to manifest,
there is chaos; it’s true.

But where we build the same
things over and over again,
following the manuals passed down
over generations, we are not happy.
We stagnate. We lose faith.

Who writes your vision?
Who rearranges the pieces?

No human manual, whether aged
and crumbling at the page folds
or sparkling and digital
can mark out one way
for all of us to follow.

Help us, O Master Builder,
to see with your eyes,
to use the pieces available
and make something new
and beautiful for You. Amen.

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