He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.” Luke 12:54-59
Signs of the Times
We have buried our heads
in the sand for way too long
and now the sand is burying us.
The mighty ocean will only stand
so much insult and ignorant abuse
the womb of life laughed at ridiculed
spill over with winds and rising tears.
We are tied together no matter how
we hide but our folly and selfishness
rise us and beckon to us grown ups
repent and settle for the water is rising.
We have left the poor outside too long
sheltered ourselves from the strange
hidden ourselves from what we fear until
we have become the enemy ourselves.
Love is rising up despite us
and compassion is taking the reigns
competition and greed define us no more
and many hands are needed today.
We can no longer hide from what we have done
holding their offspring, the abandoned and afraid
we are hopeless until we sigh our need
and broken pieces are mended again.
O God give us the courage to admit
how much we have kept to ourselves
and how little we have thought of others
we need to be set free to live again.