Lament for Luke 12: 49-56

Father against son,
mother-in-law against daughter-in-law,
in one household of two against three
five bodies in the mosque.

Wind from the south?
a Coptic church is burning.
Cloud in the west?
Islamist sister weeps
for her gunshot brother
with a rock in his hand.

Tell me, sweet Jesus,
you didn’t mean
you want to bring division,
but that you knew religion tears
your families apart,

and you could see
down the sorrowing years –
this pietà Egypt.

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4 Responses to Lament for Luke 12: 49-56

  1. P. J. Stokes says:

    Such a powerful, eloquent lament. For better or worse, we are one.
    It’s time. It’s way past time. We sang it in the sixties, and still sing the song today: “When will we ever learn…when will we ever learn?”

    • Maren says:

      And our country tries to figure out who will win in order to back that side. It’s sickening and yet I’m not sure how any of this can be untangled. It just makes me so sad.

  2. Linda Curtis-Stolper says:

    Rev. Refat Fathy, Secretary-General, Evangelical Presbyterian Church – Egypt, Synod of the Nile sent a message through a Presbyterian co-worker in the Middle East regarding the recent events and a series of seven suggestions for appropriate response by Christians to those events. One of his points: “We believe that the best that can be done in these circumstances is lifting up prayers and petitions to the Lord.” Even when we feel powerless, the power of prayer is tremendous.
    What timing, to have the lectionary reading for this week so reflective of contemporary world events. The lament is thought-provoking on many levels.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you, Linda, for passing on that message. I will hunt online for the other responses.The US is so given to responding to world situations with more than prayer and often unwisely that it is a good for us to sit with our sorrow and prayer. And, as you remind us — it is very poerful.

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