Confession from Isaiah 6 for the United States

Woe unto me, for I am a person of unclean
and I live among a people
of unclean guns.

We keep listening
to the weeping of parents –
today they weep in Santa Barbara,
but we do not comprehend.

We keep watching YouTubes of violence
but we do not understand,
and we do not turn to gun control
and begin to be healed.

We do not hear the rushing of wings
only a bullet passing a girl’s face.

Our minds are dulled
by self-interest, political expedience,
and the unholy belief
that the fire won’t touch our lips.

How long, O God?
Until the movie theatres and classrooms,
the places of worship, community centers,
and the streets are laid waste …

until guns have made this country
desolate …

Until we hear, “Whom shall I send …
who will go for us?”
and many, many, many say –
“Here I am; send me.”

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4 Responses to Confession from Isaiah 6 for the United States

  1. Dave Kraner says:

    Thank you, Maren…such a strange, violent, confusing time. Why, why do we need all these guns. We do not!!! Ellie Kraner

  2. rezrevres says:

    Since I am not an American I trust my commenting won’t be seen as inappropriate. However, until all of humanity at last comes to realize conclusively that violence only breeds further reciprocal violence, then this horrendous chain of wasted life will not be broken. The underlying fear of potential violence causes frightened people to take courage from a gun tucked in their purse or belt – and from there it’s only a matter of time until some perceived fear pulls the rationality trigger.

    • Maren says:

      No, your comment is certainly not inappropriate. The United States is so locked into the gun culture — perceived as Wild West or citizen’s rights or simply not wanting to anger political forces that align with the gun lobby. I wonder how many more will die. The daily deaths of children from gun accidents is only a very small portion.

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