Lent is our invitation to renewal, to return, to be radically changed, to be raised from all that is death-dealing in our lives.
The Scottish poet, Edwin Muir, at the end of the Second World War, wrote a very personal prayer-poem on the Transfiguration. Muir captures in words what we seek and the world needs during this season of grace. He writes:
- But he will come again, it’s said, though not
Unwanted and unsummoned; for all things,
Beasts of the field, and woods, and rocks, and seas,
And all mankind from end to end of the earth
Will call him with one voice. In our own time,
Some say, or at a time when time is ripe.
Then he will come, Christ the uncrucified,
Christ the discrucified, his death undone,
His agony unmade, his cross dismantled—
Glad to be so—and the tormented wood
Will cure its hurt and grow into a tree
In a green springing corner of young Eden,
And Judas damned take his long journey backward
From darkness into light and be a child
Beside his mother’s knee, and the betrayal
Be quite undone and never more be done.
Welcome back 😊
I’ve missed this.. Glad you are back!!
Richard, I happy to see that you are back again with your blogging. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.
I’ve thought of you so often. I opened my email and saw “Kneading Bread” and out of my mouth came, “Oh Wow! He’s back!” Thank you for your journey and your return.
I am glad you are back.
So glad to read your post again
Go Richard! Good to have you back! I look forward to your quotes, comments and ideas. Don’t forget that some of us are agnostics.