Sunday, 11 November 2018

Only the beginning

Mark 13:1-8 

many will come to deceive: 
watch so to recognise me. 

many will fight and attack:
stay true to my way of peace. 

many will shake your foundations: 
hold fast to what I have taught you. 

many will be the temptations:
endure the birth pangs, endure. 

many will offer the world: 
but look to the kin-dom of God. 

Friday, 9 November 2018

Golden crystal hope

Hope is the gold we melt and pour
between the crystal pieces, shattered,
smatterings and scatterings beneath our feet. 

Tread carefullyhold gently the shards,
bear the wounds the healing cuts. 
Offer the sacred price for peace, to mend
the broken crystal at our feet.

May the Holy bless us as we go, in peace. Amen 

Written for the commemoration of 80 years since Kristallnacht, the state-sanctioned demolishing of Jewish synagogues, schools, homes, and businesses in Germany and Austria; written for the interfaith gathering hosted by The Canberra Jewish Centre and Wesley Uniting Church, 7 November 2018, at which was premiered the work by Elena Kats-Chernin, ‘To Mend Broken Crystal...’, which inspired this blessing. 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Look again

Mark 12:38-44

hems flicker in dust;
banquet hall shimmer and hush: 
widow's house devoured 

a teacher hears it, 
clamorous silent falling:
small coins of great worth 

Sunday, 28 October 2018

not far

Mark 12:28-34

the kin-dom of God 
is close to those who see 
the Oneness 

the kin-dom of God is
within reach for those who love
with their all, 
the One

the kin-dom of God comes near
to those who love what 
Holy One loves: 

Hear, O people, 
look, and see: 
the kin-dom of God is 
not far. 


Ruth 1:1-18 

I said no more to her,
no more to make her
turn from me, return to be
daughter to her mother again,
my friend, my daughter, my
only and my all.

I said no more to her,
no more words, no breath
to speak them, meet the words
she flung at me, wrung for me
from her naked soul, my all,
my friend, my daughter.

I said no more to her,
no more suggestion I could
live beyond her turning, no
denying life's insistence that I
try, and, silenced by the fright
I took her hand and turned for home.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Jesus / Bartimeus

Mark 10: 46–52

voice from darkness
sees invisible spirit
met, touched, remembered 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Request with care

Mark 10:35–45 

cup of blood, you seek
not, baptism into death,
say, 'we are able'