Save Us From Weak Resignation
(Lynn Casteel Harper)
“This is why we need the season of Lent, to see more clearly one’s self and one’s community, to feel more deeply our limits and our need, and to join in solidarity with our suffering neighbors and our planet.”
Why do you need the season of Lent?
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms, Poison Oak, and Canvasback by Podington Bear and God of Grace and God of Glory as performed by Bel Canto Company.
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