inspired by Isaiah 40:21-31
Of course you know.
You’ve heard it a thousand times,
from the time you sat upon your mother’s knee
up until today:
From the very beginning of all that is,
God encircles the earth
with compassionate love
and fills our world
with extraordinary beauty.
is beyond our understanding,
God’s desire to create
is greater than our urge to destroy.
By comparison humans are but grasshoppers;
leaping and cackling
while the sun shines,
when the cold winds blow.
Scarcely have they taken their first steps
than their gait falters,
their feet grow unsteady,
they stumble and fall
and vanish beneath the soil.
Yet they have set themselves above God,
refuting any knowing beyond human logic,
denying any power beyond human will,
despising any event beyond human control.
The world is ours, they proclaim;
the possession of the strong,
the plaything of the rich.
There is no God but us.
Look up to the heavens? they sneer in disdain.
Soon the distant planets will be ours, too.
They design spacecraft
and develop plans
that never get off the ground,
like grasshoppers jumping at the moon.
Who is My equal? asks the Holy One;
Who has given you the star-filled sky,
the cherry-blossomed tree,
and made the bluebird sing?
These are freely given
to the bad and good alike,
in divine generosity
and persistent, loving, hope.
Why do you say, O my people,
“Our God has abandoned us
and given wicked people their way”?
You have known all along.
You’ve heard it said a thousand times,
from your infancy up until today:
In God we live and move and have our being.
Our God is eternal;
present from the foundations of the earth,
the giver of life, restorer of strength,
the source of all love,
the inexhaustible fount of compassion.
Through the power of the Holy One
we shall renew our faith
and regain our courage
and our hope;
our spirits shall be lifted up
as if on eagles’ wings
and soar to heavenly heights.
Deborah Beach Giordano
February 17, 2012