The Message by M.I.A.
and thirsty ground:
you called John into the wilderness
to announce a new creation
far from palaces of royal power;
make us ready for your intensity,
the judgement that opens our senses
to the poverty of our world
and calls to life
what lingers in death;
God Blows a Message
by Edward Sapir
Through her gaunt cheeks and sunken eyes
God blows a message
Delivered at the first sunrise
Of a forgotten age.
Her fingers point not truthfuller
Than the soft planetary whirr,
The soul that disarranges hair
Puts out the firefly –
And strewed the stars upon the air
And gave them word to die.
An Oregon Message
by William E Stafford
From our snug place we shout
This message we smuggle out in
Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them. Happy are those who don’t stumble and fall because of me.”
When John’s disciples had gone, Jesus spoke to the crowds about John: “What did you go out to the wilderness to see? A stalk blowing in the wind? What did you go out to see? A person dressed up in refined clothes? Look, those who wear refined clothes are in royal palaces. What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. He is the one of whom it is written: Look, I’m sending my messenger before you, who will prepare your way before you.”
“I assure you that no one who has ever been born is greater than John the Baptist. Yet whoever is least in the realm of heaven is greater than he.”
Message by Jamie Woon
A Prayer for Wanderers
from Queer Theology
God of the seekers and the dreamers,
of the disaffected and the disillusioned,
of the worn-out and the burnt-out,
of the rejected and the leavers:
We ask for blessings as we travel,
as we doubt, as we meander.
We ask for grace to leave when necessary,
to come home when we can,
to create new homes when we need to.
We ask for protection of our souls
from those who don’t understand,
who judge, who mock.
We ask for the fortitude to undertake the journey,
even when it’s scary,
or maybe especially when it’s scary.
We know that as we wander, we are not alone.
And that, as Tolkien said, “Not all who wander are lost.”
We know that sometimes we have to leave
the confines of what we knew to see the truth,
to hear your voice, to find out what to do next.
We pray you lead us where we need to go
by whatever route it takes.
We pray for new ways to see you,
to understand new ways of being in the world.
We pray for healing and for redemption,
and, where possible, reconciliation.
We pray for all of this so that
we can know wholeness, know our bodies,
know each other, know you,
and be found.
The Lord’s Prayer
Most compassionate Life-giver,
may we honour and praise you:
may we work with you to establish
your new order of justice, peace and love.
Give us what we need for growth,
and help us, through forgiving others,
to accept forgiveness.
Strengthen us in the time of testing,
that we may resist all evil.
For all the tenderness,
strength and love are yours,
now and forever. Amen.
A Message from the Meters by The Meters
Bless to us, O Lord,
the earth beneath our feet;
bless to us, O Lord,
the path we tread:
our walk this day with the Creator,
our walk this day with the Redeemer,
our walk this day with the Spirit.
May the blessing of God – the Existing, the Living, and the Speaking,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.