Wednesday, Dec. 21    Read Isaiah 40:6-11

from Don Gaffney, Beaver Falls, PA:

A voice says, “Cry out!”

In one of the last songs written before his recent death, Leonard Cohen cries to God “You want it darker.”  And poet Cohen answers with Abraham, Samuel, and so many others: “Hineni” – here I am – “I am ready, my Lord.”

 

A voice says, “Cry out!”

“All people are grass,” the prophet says.  “Here is your God, coming in power with outstretched arm.”

 

A voice says, “Cry out!”

Daylight is waning.  Leaves have fallen from the trees, except for a few oaks.  Dahlias have long since surrendered to nighttime frost.  A gray season is upon us.  White Days are coming.

 

A voice says, “Cry out!”

Get thee to a high place.  Lift up your voice.  Do not fear.  Be a herald of good tidings.

Do you see Him there?  Do you know the Word and the music?  Are you ready?

 

A voice says, “Cry out!”

And I said, “What shall I cry?”

 

Lord, help us to listen when you cry to us, and help us to answer from the depth of our being, wherever we are right now.  Amen.

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