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 ***
Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
A Spirit Passed Before Me
A spirit passed before me: I beheld
The face of immortality unveiled –
Deep sleep came down on every eye save mine –
And there it stood, -all formless -but divine:
Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake;
And as my damp hair stiffened, thus it spake:
“Is man more just than God? Is man more pure
Than He who deems even Seraphs insecure?
Creatures of clay -vain dwellers in the dust!
The moth survives you, and are ye more just?
Things of a day! you wither ere the night,
Heedless and blind to Wisdom’s wasted light!”
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
The Prayer of Job
Teach me to be silent
when I want to scream
when silence hurts
Teach me not to complain
not to talk about the fickleness of life
how difficult life is
how little sense there is in it
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