Trickle Down Grace: A Prayer

God, I’ve been thinking fiercely today,

about how you keep trying to convince us that there is no such thing

as trickle down grace.

You formed Adam and Eve out of your own breath,

Sharing the Holy Spirit of inspiration with us.

As Abram and Sarai wondered as immigrants

As God showed us, in no uncertain terms,

that the sacrifice of children, will never ever

be a demand of our God.

And gave us Jacob, the literal heel to show,

that no blessing needs to be tricked from God,

As the Hebrews in the desert were shown that God’s Providence

would be enough, and there was no need for greed.

God, you never were one to give your peoples scraps of grace.

God, I think we humans worry, about being stuck with only the scraps.

We worry that there isn’t enough grace to go around.

But when I have a need, the prayers flow in like water.

When I cry out, and my tears overwhelm me, I feel your voice crying with mine, indinguishable.

Because you have never been a trickle down God! You never just give us dribs and drabs!

You are an abundant, grace overflowing, there is always room for one more at the table God.

This means your grace is messy! It spills in uncontrollable fantastic ways! splashing upon unsuspecting bystanders, leaving a track that one can clearly see after that face.

Mighty God, how I love you messy and uncontrollable grace.

Thank you, for being the kind of God I want to worship. Thank you for splashing your grace everywhere. Help me to be a part of the splashing I pray.


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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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