Thursday, September 20, 2012

Children of the Light

Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” John 12:27-35

Children of the Light

Walk while you have the light
the winter stands breathing nearby
shadows deepen to darkest blue
lingering shadows hint
what is to come.

Dance while you have the light
and sing with lungs full of joy
love surrounds you with warm arms
and holds you close against all attacks.

Sing while you can still see the notes
harmonize with the sweet voices around you
regret nothing that you do today
and laugh loudly from deep inside.

Darkness and shadow will come
and God will light our darkest alleys
feed us in the gloomy shelters
and find us as we wander alone.

The light is never far off
deep within us buried deep
like seeds aching to be broken
and burst forth reaching for the sun.

So walk and dance and sing
for your light has come
never to leave you alone or abandoned
though shadows creep in and fear
screams in the deep of the night.

The light of the world is among us
no loss of power or place
will ever shake that light
by a brilliant night star
and a sweet fingernail moon
we will find our way home to God.

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