Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Renewal of Ordination Vows
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22
The sky is dark leaden heavy
we carry our vestments
chattering like children awkward
despite years of training despite
the commitment made so long ago.
We throw things on throw
compliments and jokes around
the room is filled with hidden failure
a pile of hopes and dreams for years
We said our vows so long ago none
knew how hard it was
to keep them to follow you
to know your hand in our lives.
We fall over each other polite
competitive colleagues in a solitary
enterprise of faith a single
commitment for a lifetime.
We kneel and bow knowing our
cues, our lines, our failures
better than anyone we listen
for the long awaited yes.
All the promises of God find
their yes in him
and we find ourselves alone
in this big crowd today seeking
yes, my child yes.