I planned our Blue Advent service for Epiphany this year. After the bulletins went to print we learned of the shooting in Newtown. It was immediately apparent that we needed to add an element to the service for them. I was hoping that Maya Angelou would do me a solid and write a poem in a timely manner… that was not the case. Here is what I came up with after hours of prayer, tears, and hope.
We Are Called – A Meditation for Newtown
to be witnesses in the darkness.
to give our pain, our joy, our sadness,
our laughter, and our agony
in every tear that is shed
in every corner of this world.
in every act of love and bravery.
to view this, and all tragedies
through the eyes of the One
to be stronger than the individual
one hope, one faith, one baptism –
One God, who is Mother and Father to us all.
to invite you into our darkness.
And right now, dear Lord,
we need to call out to you,
before answering our call.
to be witnesses of your love.
to shake off this darkness
with incarnational light.
to be witnesses in this season
As we begin the long walk
and to comfort our hearts,