With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).
Lectionary Reading: Psalm 124
For Deliverance from a Fever
When sorrows had begirt me round,
And pains within and out,
When in my flesh no part was found,
Then didst Thou rid me out.
My burning flesh in sweat did boil,
My aching head did break,
From side to side for ease I toil,
So faint I could not speak.
Beclouded was my soul with fear
Of Thy displeasure sore,
Nor could I read my evidence
Which oft I read before.
“Hide not Thy face from me!” I cried,
“From burnings keep my soul.
Thou know’st my heart, and hast me tried;
I on Thy mercies roll.”
“O heal my soul,” Thou know’st I said,
“Though flesh consume to nought,
What though in dust it shall be laid,
To glory t’ shall be brought.”
Thou heard’st, Thy rod Thou didst remove
And spared my body frail
Thou show’st to me Thy tender love,
My heart no more might quail.
O, praises to my mighty God,
Praise to my Lord, I say,
Who hath redeemed my soul from pit,
Praises to Him for aye.
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
Changing Places in the Fire
One hunger, a fanned fire, roars
in the voice of the sea.
One light eats itself, unconsumed.
The wind is taking the night apart, she says.
The wind is dismantling
the leaves, the branches, the minutes, our listening,
and finding more and more
moving pieces to index:
our hands, our mouths, our voices, recurring stairs
of an imperfect past,
a rumored present,
figures multiplying inside a mirror.