Choosing with Teresa of Avila

Christ has
no focus                       no eyes                 no nightmare
but yours                   but yours                     but yours

Christ has
no delight                     no body                 no distraction
but yours                 but yours                 but yours

Christ has
no tenderness                 no hands                    no isolation
but yours                 but yours                 but yours

Christ has
no melody                 no tongue                  no denial
but yours                 but yours                  but yours

Christ has
no foundation                 no feet                 no lifelessness
but yours                 but yours                 but yours

Christ has
no peace                no presence             no violence
but yours                 but yours                 but yours

naught but yours

Universal

Let the sun and moon beam with pride:
God has come!

Let the sea monsters and stormy winds howl with the wildness of it:
God has come!

Let those who have been weary dance the good news
and those whose throats have been parched sing it together:
God has come!

Let mighty rulers learn of it from their poorest citizens:
God is with us!

Let the youngest and eldest prophesy it together:
God is with us!

Let the mountains and rivers testify to it
and all the wildlife be satisfied in it:
God is with us!

Let the song be as high as the shining stars:
God is faithful!

Let the shout be as thunderous as an earthquake:
God is faithful!

Let the reassurance be as sweet as a lullaby
and the hope as delicious as a daydream:
God is faithful!

Have I not yet heard the song of the universe in my heart, O God? Have I missed the delight of creation in the very cells of my skin, O Spirit? Keep me quick with praise and awake to joy!

on Psalm 148, written for the Stillspeaking Daily Devotional

Remember

Humility.

Remember the dusty Holiness of humanity that has no need to accumulate treasures.

Peace.

Remember the simplicity of Peace that welcomes grace and returns the same tenfold.

Sorrow.

Remember the certainty of the Wilderness and patiently walk with someone there.

Mystery.

Remember the possibilities on the very edge of Mystery that allude to a new day.

Joy.

Remember the relentlessness of Joy that wonders at love and marvels at life.

on Psalm 22:27a and Mark 8:35

Lullaby

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
rest and dream of what may be.
When you wake a song shall fly
of God’s good work to set us free:

From fear and fray
to joy’s display,
ne’er overwhelmed by evil’s forces.

From mine to yours
restitution outpours
undeterred along heaven’s courses.

Hush-a-bye, don’t you cry,
claim God’s name with jubilee.
Take your ache to Holy Salve
and love in Heavn’s fierce company.

Coventry

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child
bye bye we say this day.
Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child
bye bye along your way.

O brothers, all, see how death falls;
let anger be displayed,
and to this child wrapped in a shawl
sing you lully lullay.

Dear sisters, too, might we undo
the violence and dismay
for peace and love to yet break through?
Bye bye lully lullay.

Herod in rage across the age
steals life as though from prey;
his love of pow’r becomes a plague
and God he thus betrays.

Woe to the child and woe to we;
raise our lament today.
May Christ preserve our spirits free,
bye bye lully lullay.

Based on the Coventry Carol and Matthew 2:16. The Coventry Carol came from a series of medieval plays that brought bible stories to life — in this case, the story of the Slaughter of the Innocents. In the play, mothers of the children murdered at Herod’s command sang a last lullaby to their children.