Faithfully Angry – An Inspiration

The title of my blog “Faithfully Angry” is inspired by a song with the same title.  It is  written by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, a “freelance musician, Psalm scholar and liturgical theologian” whom I first heard when he was the Artist in Residence at Eden Theological Seminary.  Richard sang this song for us in Chapel in 2014 in the midst of everything that was going on in Ferguson, MO and it spoke to me then but it was not on a CD at the time.  Just recently I was able to hear Richard again and he gave me the CD “Love Stands With” as a gift for my future ministry.  As I drove home from church that Sunday, still questioning if I should start a blog, I heard “Faithfully Angry” again and immediately knew my answer.  He gave me his blessing to use the words and here we are. The lyrics of this song speak to the bigger picture I have for my blog in a way I never could.

I highly encourage you to check out this song and others from the album on his website: http://www.psalmimmersion.com/#!faithfully-angry/chfn

Faithfully Angry (Psalm 58)

Faithfully angry (yes)
for justice has not yet been done
Faithfully angry (yes)
As long as part of us suffers we won’t give up

Setting to work on what is ours to do
Give us trust, give us hope that seasons change
Evil afoot and our love on the move
Transform our pain and use our rage

Deepen our love for the world as it is
as we demand that justice birth a change
Hatred inherited this time may die
Waters of fear may drain away

Feeling the ache of a violent world
Let us open new sails to winds of change
Praying for peace on behalf of the whole
Make of our tries a holy way

God, give us grace to allow things to be
and the courage to change what may be changed
Make of our suffering a pathway to peace
God, brave our steps, come what may