Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Transfiguration Sunday (Year B)

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 ***

Lectionary Reading:
II Cor. 4:3-6

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Light Shining Out of Darkness
William Cowper

1
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

2
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sov’reign will.

3
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

4
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

5
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev’ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

6
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.

*** This poem is in the public domain, 
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.
 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

I Sit Outside
In Low Late-Afternoon Light…
Tracy K. Smith

I wish it would grab me by the ankles and pull.
I wish its shadow would dance up close, closing in.

When I close my eyes a presence forms, backs away.
I float above a lake, am dragged back

from a portion of sky. Down, down, the falling doesn’t end.
Every marked body must descend.

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