Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost +3, Yr C)

VOICE OF ELIJAH
(1 Kings 17: 17-24)

“The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah”

Where are you now, Elijah, while
children of the poor grow ill
with hunger and fear and hopelessness?

Where are you now while women widowed
by war and crime and disease
cry out in despair?

Where are you now, Elijah, while
our fevered world drifts in the grip
of deathly powers of greed?

Where are you now while dreams of justice
grow cold upon beds of pain?

Let your voice be heard again,
O prophet of passionate praying.

Let it crack with compassion for the ones
who shed the blood-hot tears of grief.

Let it shake with rage at the halls of power
so deafened to others’ need.

Let it rise like a shout of joy for the work
of love that brings hope and healing.

Let the words of life ring out again,
O prophet, and in your speaking
may we know that it is our voice you use,
our voice for which God is listening.

Copyright ©2016 by Andrew King

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