This coming Sunday is Passion Sunday. The following words were inspired by one of the Psalms, 130, appointed for this Sunday.
1 When song gives way to solitude,
and loneliness conspires with fear;
when walls of anguish tower around,
and agony is sharp and shear;
deep in the midst of our concern
love can, love must, love will draw near.
2 When all is dark and comfortless
and no one near can hear our sighs,
when tears are salt with bitterness
and all we know are jeers and lies;
here in the midst of our despair
love shares our pain and with us cries.
3 When all is seared with grief and loss
and faith seems empty, or absurd,
when life lacks purpose, shape or form,
we find no sense, we frame no word;
here in the furnace of our fear
love whispers peace and will be heard.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
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