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 ***
2 Kings 2:1-12
Humanity, Reflection of the Beloved
Parrots are taught to speak without understanding the
words. The method is to place a mirror between the
parrot and the trainer. The trainer, hidden by the
mirror, utters the words, and the parrot, seeing his
own reflection in the mirror, fancies another parrot
is speaking, and imitates all that is said by the
trainer behind the mirror. So God uses prophets and
saints as mirrors whereby to instruct men, viz., the
bodies of these saints and prophets; and men, when
they hear the words proceeding from these mirrors,
are utterly ignorant that they are really being
spoken by “Universal Reason” or the “Word of God”
behind the mirror of the saints.
*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
What I Mean When I Say Elijah-man
That Sunday in Chehalis, my father testiﬁed
and I watched as he wept before the pulpit,
his shoulders heaving, his hands
clapping up thunder above our heads,
his mouth open on the note of awe as he told us
the promise God had made in the dream:
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