Waiting: Hope (Advent Week 1)

Hope deferred and heartsick,

the waiting begins


How long this time?


How long will the wicked—

predators and abusers—


How long will we

dismiss the wounded?

Or will we ignore

as the chorus cries



How long will we

ignore the poor,

evading their gaze,

just in case

they ask for


How long will

debits and credits

have more hold

on us than mercy?

Or Justice?

Or Compassion?


How long will the blood of Abel

cry from the ground?

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

We stop up our ears, offering

Prayers and platitudes.

How long will we describe

freedom as our right to hate,

to rage, and lock others in a cage?


O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here


Hope deferred and heartsick,

we wait.

How Long, O Lord?


How Long?




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