New Poetry “Where is Freedom?” and “The Shout”

Sorry about the lateness. Last weekend I was at the 22nd Annual Celtic Prayer Retreat put on by Mustard Seed Associates. It was a truly life giving time of connection and reflection with a liturgy centered on the story of St. Brendan, an Irish monk who jumped into a small boat with a few brothers and let the wind take them where God willed. During the liturgy there was a time of Lectio Divina centered around two scriptures Isaiah 42:5-10 and Revelation 21:1-4 I was inspired to write a poem out of each lectio. To honor the lectio style of reflection I will share the scriptures immediately followed by my poems below.

Isaiah 42:5-10

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth! Let the sea roar and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants.

Where is freedom?

Where is freedom?

The captives are still bound

Addictions still rule us

Our gods are still not you

We stay lost rather than found

We choose the familiar cage

Over an unfamiliar world

Our captivity is maintained

By shining screens which change

To match a growing desire

Which can never be filled

With things that break and fail

We need freedom from our captivity

To every thing that is not you

We need a peace from incessant noise

Help us find silences filled with you

There is freedom

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Revelations 21:1-4

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

The Shout

Someday I will hear the shout

God is home

And home is here

The tears have come

And our Daddy has held

Us until the storm of

Mourning has passed

All that we knew has

Died and like the seed

Has sprouted to new life

Beyond pain, beyond death

Beyond tears, beyond agonies

Of loss, the emptiness has fled

And now we are filled, overflowing

With home, with you, with us

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5 responses to “New Poetry “Where is Freedom?” and “The Shout”

  1. Pingback: Celtic Retreat – Evening Liturgy | Godspace

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Gil – it was great to have you and the family with us at the retreat, and to hear God’s revelation through your voice. Peace!

  3. Gil, Thank you again for making the trip up to the retreat. It was a blessing to spend time with you and your lovley family. Thank you also for the poems.

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