Daily Reflection
December 19th, 2001
by
Jeanne Schuler
Philosophy Department
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Judges 13:2-7, 24-25
Psalms 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17
Luke 1:5-25

God of the Hollows

The woman, itís said, was barren.  The long, long wait had turned hopeless and then resigned.  Now they were old and shame had aged with them.  Sadness barely creased their faith.  Years went into accepting their losses.  When disappointments no longer pinch the heart.  The wall that blocked out the sky had fallen.  Now they could see.  An emptiness familiar as the otherís dear face remains.  Once pitied, now they were admired.  They could accept what cannot be changed.  Call them wise.  But what was unseen comes to life.  God finds the flicker that remains.  From desire comes a wild man, one who eats grasshoppers and rouses people from sleep.  Not in all our dreams could such a fiery messenger spring from these forgotten loins.

Your promise sounds wild as the desert dweller.  Give us ears to hear, since we donít see very far.  It is easier to accept than to listen.  Listening moves in another direction.  We are called in our youth to follow.  Back then we listened hard.  At some point, the search was called off.  Time to settle down.  Time to accept.  Didnít we already answer your call?

But Your plan doesnít call for surrender.   It follows us into barrenness, where repetitions ring like wisdom. You come like ancient desires.  Like dreams of our youth the call returns.  What was almost lost is born again.

 

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