Monday, May 6, 2013

A Good Land

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.Deuteronomy 8:7-10

A Good Land
Where are we going and when
will we ever get there?
they cry in the night
and from stiff back seats.

Lifted from the familiar
in foreign lands litter with our bones
we wonder if God is forgetting us
and how we find our homes.

God wonders whether we have forgotten
crying out so much and doing so little
we have let go of divine promises
and reneged on obligations.

We are like unformed adults
without spine and muscle
we want to be carried about
and fed at our instant hunger

The Divine breathes in the night
again the sacred promises we crave
but we would not lift a finger
to find our way home.

Ask and it shall be given
seek and you shall find
knock and the door shall be opened
the Creator sings with creation.

We have but a few commandments to follow
love our neighbor as ourselves
forgive and we will be forgiven
and trust in our loving God always.

1 comment:

mgdoolin said...

Three is too many. Since God can do anything, maybe he could simplify and further reduce those commandments also.