Lectionary Haiku 13 April 2022

Wednesday of Holy Week The contradiction of finding the fullness of life in the midst of suffering – an ever-present and universal challenge – is present in today’s texts Isaiah 50:4-9a  Teachable momentsI give forth yet am struck downIt’s the way onward ************************ Psalm 70 Lord, deliver usFor you, we are sore oppressedQuick – noContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 13 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 12 April 2022

Tuesday of Holy Week The tension builds Isaiah 49:1-7  Destiny draws nearPlanted deep within the wombBirthing hope and light ****************************** Psalm 71:1-14 In desperationWe look to You for rescueMake haste to help us ****************************** 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Folly of the crossYour foolishness is wiserThan our deep wisdom ****************************** John 12:20-36 Enquiring Greeks here –The beginningContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 12 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 11 April 2022

Monday of Holy Week We are in Holy Week with extra readings. All focus on the Passion of the Christ in the days leading to his crucifixion. Isaiah 42:1-9  Spirit upon himfor justice to all nationsSubtle strength displayed *********************** Psalm 36:5-11 Abundance aboundsHow precious your steadfast loveAdequate for all *********************** Hebrews 9:11-15 Christ’s new sacrificeTheContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 11 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 10 April 2022

Palm Sunday So begins Holy Week, not with the rigours of trials and oppression, but a celebratory procession. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Let Israel declareHis love endures foreverAnd it is steadfast! **************************** Luke 19:28-40 Make them stop that noiseYou try and muffle their mouthsThe stones would cry out ****************************

Lectionary Haiku 9 April 2022

Once again the significance of the Passover commemoration in both the Hebrew and Christian traditions is to the fore, particularly as we approach Holy Week. Psalm 31:9-16 Trapped within myselfImprisoned in my despairPassover release! ************************ Leviticus 23:1-8 Boundary well setThe rite shall be well observedand freedom cherished. ************************ Luke 22:1-13 The storm clouds gatherBehold betrayalContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 9 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 8 April 2022

Disoriented as we often become in the midst of suffering, the texts are clear: the Divine is unavoidably involved as a God who suffers with us. Psalm 31:9-16 Suffering our lotDivine image that we areIt’s to God we reach ************************ Isaiah 54:9-10 Seismic shifts of earthShall not destroy the promiseMy Love does not fail. ************************Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 8 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 7 April 2022

When one ponders what is sometimes called the “redemptive nature of suffering,” questions inevitably arise. These must be wrestled with, as no glib answer will satisfy. Psalm 31:9-16 From dread and rank scornMy bones melt; my spirit fadesBut my trust stays strong. ******************************** Isaiah 53:10-12 The suff’ring servantWho bears the wrongs of manyIs to beContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 7 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 6 April 2022

Prophets speak truth from deep connection. They are forth-tellers rather than foretellers. They speak clarity into confusing times. Look for it in today’s texts. Psalm 20 Where to lay my bet?The machinery of warOr old proven ways? ***************************** Habakkuk 3:2-15 Mercy in the stormI remember all your waysAnd have confidence ***************************** Luke 18:31-34 Hard truthContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 6 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 5 April 2022

The temptation to wield political power in the name of service is fraught with danger for all concerned. A sobering thought as this part of the world enters the election season. Psalm 20 For humble serviceThe LORD helps his anointednot prideful hubris ******************************** Judges 9:7-15 Beware the brambleMuch promise with prickly thornsBurns up and destroys.Continue reading “Lectionary Haiku 5 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 4 April 2022

Sanctuary – a place of security and protection. The word is from the Latin Sanctus from which we derive the meanings of sacred and holy. Ecologically we associate sanctuary with the preservation of the natural order. Humanly, the place we seek refuge from all that would distract us from our true selves and our relationshipContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 4 April 2022”