Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 4th

Sunday, April 4th, 2021 (Easter Sunday) “We are baffled” by Walter Brueggemann Christ is RisenHe is risen indeed!We are baffled by the very Easter claim we voice.Your new life fits none of our categories.We wonder and stew and argue,and add clarifying adjectives like “spiritual” and “physical.”But we remain baffled, seeking clarity and explanation,we who areContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 4th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 3rd

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 “A Better Resurrection” by Christina Rossetti I have no wit, no words, no tears;My heart within me like a stoneIs numb’d too much for hopes or fears;Look right, look left, I dwell alone;I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with griefNo everlasting hills I see;My life is in the falling leaf:O Jesus,Continue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 3rd”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 2nd

Friday, April 2nd, 2021 (Good Friday) “The Way of Pain” by Wendell Berry 1.For parents, the only wayis hard. We who give lifegive pain. There is no help.Yet we who give paingive love; by pain we learnthe extremity of love. 2.I read of Abraham’s sacrificethe Voice required of him,so that he led to the altarandContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 2nd”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 1st

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 (Maundy Thursday) “Gethsemane” by Mary Oliver The grass never sleeps.Or the roses.Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept. The cricket has such splendid fringe on his feet,and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,and heaven knowsContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – April 1st”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 30th

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 “Silent God” by Edwina Gateley This is my prayer—That, though I may not see,I be awareOf the Silent GodWho stands by me.That, though I may not feel,I be awareOf the Mighty LoveWhich doggedly follows me.That, though I may not respond,I be awareThat God—my Silent, Mighty God,Waits each day.Quietly, hopefully, persistently.Waits eachContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 30th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 29th

Monday, March 29th, 2021 “When sorrow comes” by A. Powell Davies When sorrow comes, let us accept it simply, as a part of life.Let the heart be open to pain; let it be stretched by it.All the evidence we have says that this is the better way.An open heart never grows bitter.Or if it does,Continue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 29th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 28th

Sunday, March 28th, 2021 (Palm Sunday) “Passiontide” by Michael Coffey And so the time comes to let you go againlike Mary at her weeping stationlike Peter in his running shameful crylike Mary Magdalene’s sad watchful eyelike the soldier’s gasping epiphanylike Joseph gently laying your body down and releasing youinto the tomb the darkness the emptyContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 28th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 27th

Saturday, March 27th, 2021 “Christ Has No Body” by St. Teresa of Avila Christ has no body but yours,No hands, no feet on earth but yours,Yours are the eyes with which he looksCompassion on this world,Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all theContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 27th”

Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 26th

Friday, March 26th, 2021 “The Place Where We Are Right” by Yehuda Amichai From the place where we are rightFlowers will never growIn the spring. The place where we are rightIs hard and trampledLike a yard. But doubts and lovesDig up the worldLike a mole, a plow.And a whisper will be heard in the placeWhereContinue reading “Lent 2021: Daily Poetry Series – March 26th”