Friday, December 4, 2015

Advent 2015

Advent 2015

there’s a darkness spreading over our land
       a specter creeping into every facet of our lives
confusion, anxiety, fear, and lunacy
      weave together a bizarre narrative
            promulgated by an endless cadre of talking heads,
he is she, she is he, boy is girl, girl is boy
      husband and husband, the law of the land
            inclusion the new normal, unless there’s dissent
growing violence in the name of religion or race
      madness only eclipsed by the murder of our innocent
civility trampled, vulgarity worshipped
      indecency celebrated, perversion embraced
             timeless truths condemned, foundations abandoned  
what can the righteous do, Lord?
who will stand; who will speak?
where do we stand; where do we speak?
        our feeling of helplessness seemingly suffocates
           “The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble.”
we declare it in our houses of worship
       while the daily assaults seek to disconnect
someone please light a candle, shine some light
      a grating voice, singing in the fog, sounds of Bob Dylan
           “everything is broken”, everyone is broken
and the media arrogantly proclaims
         “God can’t fix this.”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.”

mark d. cooke, 12-4-15

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