PREPARING FOR ADVENT - POEM for CHRIST THE KING, written by Pamela Cranston



PREPARING FOR ADVENT - POEM for CHRIST THE KING, written by Pamela Cranston

Sunday November 26 2017

 

PREPARING FOR ADVENT...

 

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and cry to her that her warfare is ended,
    that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received from the Lord's hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice cries:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be lifted up,
    and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
    and the rough places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
    and all flesh shall see it together,
    for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

(Isaiah 40:1-5)

 

POEM for CHRIST THE KING

 

See how this homeless babe

lifted himself down into his humble Crèche

and laid his tender glove of skin

against that splintered wood –

found refuge in that rack of raspy straw –

home on that chilly dawn,

in sweetest silage,

those shriven stalks.

 

See how this outcast King

lifted himself high upon his savage Cross,

extended the regal banner of his bones,

draping himself upon his throne –

his battered feet,

his wounded hands

not fastened there by nails

but sewn by the strictest thorn of Love.



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