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).
*** Revised Common Lectionary ***
The Whole Armour of God
Soldiers of Christ! arise,
Now put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
Through his eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts,
And in his mighty pow’r;
He, who in his Redeemer trusts,
Is more than conqueror.
Stand, then, in his great might,
With all his strength endued;
Take ye, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God.
Then, when your work is done,
And all your conflicts past,
Ye shall o’ercome, through Christ alone,
And stand entire at last.
Stand, then, against your foes,
In close and firm array;
Legions of wily fiends oppose,
Throughout the evil day:
But meet the sons of night,
Oppose their vain design,
Arm’d in the arms of heav’nly light,—
Of righteousness divine.
Leave no unguarded place,
No weakness of the soul;
Take ev’ry virtue, ev’ry grace,
And fortify the whole:
Ever together join’d,
To battle all proceed;
Arm ye yourselves with all the mind,
That was in Christ your Head.
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
Diving into the Wreck
First having read the book of myths,
and loaded the camera,
and checked the edge of the knife-blade,
I put on
the body-armor of black rubber
the absurd flippers
the grave and awkward mask.