Fear and foreboding clouding perception,
feel the earth shaking, dust fills the air,
nations in torment, war seems unceasing,
justice is absent, nothing seems fair.
How do we read this? Signs of the end times?
Judgment of God-head striking the earth?
Human indifference? Natural disaster?
Hope is extinguished, strangled at birth?
Now in our darkness Jesus is speaking,
not in the thunder, just a quiet voice,
echoing prophets, offering mercy,
whispers of judgment, cause to rejoice!
Here in the present hope is audacious,
God is tenacious counters each lie.
Here where we offer care to our neighbours
grace is abounding, love will not die.
Andrew Pratt 9/11/2012
Metre: 5 5 5 4 D Tune: BUNESSAN
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First Sunday in Advent, Luke 21: 25-36