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 Gift of Tongues
John Henry Newman
ONCE cast with men of language strange
And foreign-moulded creed,
I mark’d their random converse change,
And sacred themes succeed.
Oh, how I coveted the gift
To thread their mingled throng
Of sounds, then high my witness lift
But weakness chain’d my tongue.
Lord! has our dearth of faith and prayer
Lost us this power once given
Or is it sent at seasons rare
And then flits back to heaven?
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
Hieu Minh Nguyen
Convinced she’s in hell
my mother wakes me & begs to be taken
to the lake. Wailing in prayer on the kitchen floor