Friday, December 28, 2007

fear of death binds

Christmas 1 – Year A

fear of death binds
survival brings servitude
only forgiveness argues with death
shaking foundations

fear of death brings
exile in Egypt
fear of famine
fear of Herod

fear of death brings
exile in Jerusalem
fear of contenders
fear of loss

fear of death brings
exile in Nazareth
fear of foreignness
fear of descendants

facing of death blesses
freedom to leave and come
mercy to take by the hand
faithfulness beyond success

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notes:
stanza 1 from Shaking of the Foundations by Paul Tillich (Chapter 21)
Stanzas 2-4 from Matthew 2:13-23
Stanza 5 from Hebrews 2:16-17 (Christian Community Bible)

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