* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Let Us Attend

The poem below is based on a repeated refrain in the Divine Liturgy of the early church father John Chrysostom, still in weekly use in Eastern Orthodox churches around the world.

Let Us Attend

Wisdom! Let us attend.

When we hear the holy Name

      Whispered in ancient prayers,

When the sacred texts reveal to us

      The image of the reigning Christ,

When, in loaf and cup,

      The all-present Presence is manifest to us,

            Let us attend.

When we watch a silent dawn

      With steaming tea in hand,

When a well-worn, clothbound book

      Leads us to new reflections,

When the mighty eagle’s wings

      Cleave the azure sky o’erhead,

            Let us attend.

When we are called to walk the path

      Of stumbling ‘neath a heavy cross,

When we must listen beyond our strength

      To a broken, breaking friend,

When suffering speaks its chast’ning word

      Into our unsubmissive lives,

            Let us attend.

When the Lord speaks,

      There is Wisdom—

            Then let us attend.

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