Poetry

Daily Poetry Devotional for Lent 2021 – Week 5

Poetry Devotional Lent 2021

For the season of Lent, we offer a daily devotional based on a scripture reading for that day (RCL Daily Readings) and a poem that is relevant to that passage of scripture. In the traditional 40-day format of Lent, we offer these meditations for six days each week (no Sundays). 

We offer in this series a broad selection of classic and contemporary poems from diverse poets that stir our imaginations with thoughts of how the biblical text speaks to us in the twenty-first century.

Daily Poetry Devotional Lent 2021
Week 5

 

 [ Thurs. 3/18 ]   [ Fri. 3/19 ] [ Sat. 3/20 ]   [ Mon. 3/22 ] [ Tues. 3/23 ]  [ Wed. 3/24 ] [ Thurs 3/25 ]

 

Day 29
Monday March 22

Isaiah 43:8-13
 
 

Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.
All the nations gather together
    and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
    and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
    so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
    and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord,
    and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
    I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.
13     Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
    When I act, who can reverse it?”

 
 

Dear Millennium,
Inadequate Witness
Karen An-Hwei Lee

SNIPPET:

Say we no longer bear witness to a body-politic of trauma
after revolution
by anesthesia or erasure. Say we cover our eyes
to crossed olive-wood beams on a hill. Modes of witness
expose our inadequacy, the human. …

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