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).
*** Narrative Lectionary ***
Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21
THE Will Divine that woke a waiting time,
With desert cry and Calvary’s cross sublime,
Had equal need on thee its power to prove,
Thou soul of passionate zeal and tenderest love!
O slave devout of burdening Hebrew school,
Proud to fulfil each time exalted rule,
How broke the illusion of thy swelling wrath
On that meek front of calm enduring faith!
Then flashed it on thy spirit mightily
o That thou hadst spurned a love that died for thee!
And all the pride went down in whelming flood
Of boundless shame and boundless gratitude.
What large atonement that great conscience pays!
For every wounding slight, a psalm of praise;
Unending worship shall the debt consume;
For hours of rage, a life of martyrdom.
Yet in such morning glow, such vital day,
What chilling sense of claim or debt can stay?
O wondrous power of noble love, to free
From binding Law to glorious Liberty!
Dream not that one hath drained the exhaustless sea,
Full pours the tide in widening stream for thee;
Lift for new liberties that conquering sign;
Shatter the severing walls with touch divine!
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
Ananias of Damascus
Saul, you thug who once dragged
believers through the streets,
flinging them from their beds so hard
their arms popped from their sockets,