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 ***
II Cor. 4:3-6
Light Shining Out of Darkness
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sov’reign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev’ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.
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.
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.