As Detroit enters bankruptcy, this Psalm comes to mind.
Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced;
let those who boast against me be clothed with dismay and shame.
Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad;
let them say always, ‘Great is the LORD,
who desires the prosperity of his servant.’
(Psalm 35.26-28, from the BCP Psalter)
Earlier in the same Psalm, the psalmist declares:
My very bones will say, ‘LORD, who is like you?
You deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.’ (v. 10)
Pundits will say all kinds of things about my beloved hometown, and some even salivate at the misery of our people. I won’t wish all kinds of nasty things upon them like the psalmist does (especially in the bits of the Psalm I didn’t quote), but I do wish they’d shut the hell up.
Our motto is my prayer today: Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus. Amen.