Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Hour is Coming

Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:19-29 

The Hour is Coming

Time's up she said and we put our pencils down
thinking we had probably done badly not finishing
wondering whether we had a future at such youth
thinking we were already too old and jaded then.

It's time she said as she stood near the door
gripping her belly with each and every pain
not ready to be a mother and feeling very young
she stepped into the sunlight and prayed.

Running late, they crossed the street to the office
praying that their time was not up, their future
still not destroyed by a frightful diagnosis
they held hands and smiled to reassure one another.

This hour and every hour belong to the Holy One
we are given one life on earth as a full gift
our hours can be spent weeping or singing
dancing or giving thanks for this moment in time.