The Fiery Furnace

The book of Daniel, Chapter 3:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 29, 2010

A
golden
statue
towering over
the flatlands;
tall
slender
brilliantly shining;
aflame
in the desert …

Magnificent
awe-inspiring
regal –
towering
above all else
that lives,
like the king
who commanded
its creation.

Summoned
to admire
to worship;
to bow down
and to look up
they arrive
from all directions
under heaven;

across the waters
over the mountains,
through grassy valleys
and shifting sands
no distance too far,
no obstacle
or hindrance …
no excuses.

Rich and famous,
young and old,
the powerful
and the beholden,
the frightened,
and the obedient,
the pious
and the scornful
of every city,
town, and tribe.

Drummers
and pipers,
harpists
and horn players,
fifty choirs
preparing to sing.

All assembled
at the pleasure
of the king;
assuring him
that his authority
is absolute.

Everything
is as he ordered;
his reputation
guaranteed;
with a blast
from the trumpet
it begins:
the great event
is now underway.

Unexpectedly
and suddenly
an upset,
disorder and
disobedience;
nonconformists
in our midst:
Shadrach,
Meshach,
and
Abednego.

Their refusal
ignites his anger;
their replies
fuel his madness.
Who do these guys
think they are?

Kindling
is what they’ve
just decided
to become.
And no God
can save them
from his
fiery rage.

The hungry
flames
devour
the king’s men
but leave
the faithful
untouched.

His anger cooled
miraculously,
the king a witness
to salvation:
the chosen ones
travel painlessly
where he
dares not tread.

Blessed are they
who do not
fight fire
with fire,
but entrust
their lives
in the Eternal
Life-Giving God.

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