Language is a Virus by Laurie Anderson
you drove Jesus
to the edge of the world
to find his truth and calling:
scour our hearts
and awaken our hunger
that freed from empty clinging
we might find ourselves in you;
by Chase Twitchell
In snow, all tracks
–animal and human–
speak to one another,
a long conversation that keeps breaking off
then starting up again.
I want to read those pages
instead of the kind
made of human words.
I want to write in the language of those
who have been to that place before me.
The Thing Written
by Stanley Moss
Writing may dance in ink flamenco,
Writing never speaks word, may ache to talk,
may be democratic, autocratic, medieval
Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving. The tempter came to him and said, “Since you are God’s Child, command these stones to become bread.”
Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.”
After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple. The tempter said to him, “Since you are God’s Child, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.”
Jesus replied, “Again it’s written, Don’t test the Lord your God.”
Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the realms of the world and their glory. The tempter said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me.”
Jesus responded, “Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only God.” The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him.
What He Wrote by Laura Marling
by Søren Kierkegaard, adapted
Creator! You have loved us first,
help us never to forget that
You are love so that this sure conviction
might triumph in our hearts
over the seduction of the world,
over the inquietude of the soul,
over the anxiety for the future,
over the fright of the past,
over the distress of the moment.
But grant also that this conviction
might help our souls
so that our hearts might remain faithful
and sincere in the love
which we bear to all
those whom You have commanded us
to love as we love ourselves.
The Lord’s Prayer
O presence and pow’r within us,
Being and Life of all.
How we are filled, how we o’erflow
with infinite love and gladness!
We shall this day sow grace and peace,
and show mercy to all,
and gentle loving-kindness.
And we shall be not so self-serving,
but a constant source of giving.
For ours is the essence,
and the wholeness,
and the fullness forever.
Language by Suzanne Vega
God bless our food;
God bless our drink.
And keep our homes
in Your embrace,
And may the blessing of God – God above us, God beside us, and God beneath us,
be with us and remain with us always. Amen.