Friday, August 17, 2012

The Cicadas' Psalm (on Jeremiah 31:4-5)

"Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O daughter Israel!"
Again you shall take your tambourines and join the dance of the merrymakers!
Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains and enjoy the fruit of your labor!"
(Jeremiah 31:4-5, adapted from NRSV)

Again...and again...and again...and over again, you will experience God's goodness! Again and again and again you will dance with joy for God's unfaltering love! Again and again and again God will harvest for you a bounty of grace from life's hardship! Let this refrain -- "again, again, again" -- inspire your pen's prayer.


"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again"
the cicadas buzz discordantly.
They are insistent enough
to command a paused ear
in the peak of August.

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's grace soothe you."

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's strength sustain you."

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's magnificence unsettle you."

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's breadth invite you to the edge."

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's holiness bring you to wholeness." 

"Again,again,again,again,again,again,again,again,
let God's restoration surprise you."

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