Showing posts with label people of the Book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label people of the Book. Show all posts

Monday, July 13, 2015

Living in Eternity

The Escape
by Mary Harwell Sayler

Day after day I think of death
descending on us
like that fish hawk on the pond,
the dark wings
towering through each window
of our house and settling
on the sofa
where we like to rest.

Some call death
an osprey, kindly and benign
with its sweet brown and white
seersucker breast and tail,
but they forget
the downward hook of the beak,
the prickly spicules on the feet,
the claws that claw through the
thickest cushions, letting nothing,
nothing
get away but

love and spirit.


©2015, ©2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. “The Escape” first saw print in the Journey’s End anthology then was included in the poetry book, Living in the Nature Poem, published by Hiraeth Press.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bible People, then and now

The official Bible canon closed in the early years of the church, but Bible characters and their stories continue to connect with the people of God whose lives are still being written.

Returning People
by Mary Harwell Sayler

They’ve come, you know.
They've come through
Genesis singing Psalms
and Lamentations and landing
at your kitchen table. Sometimes
they walked. Sometimes they
danced. Sometimes they dragged
themselves through First and
Second Chronicles into one
war then another around a world
that rolls like parchment across
four walls where you sometimes
think you’re cornered until
they remind you that you’re not.
Listen. They come with slingshots,
tambourines, flatbread, and wine.
They come carrying poems,
prayers, and sometimes swords –
whatever it takes to get them
through a chapter and onto the
next revelation of what it means
to have a body, know a body
and be one, upright, with you,
around the table.



© 2007, Mary Harwell Sayler, All rights reserved. Originally published by CSS Publishing in 2007 in What A Body! book on the ministry gifts, this poem was later included in Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books



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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Our Judeo-Christian family ties to Sarah and Abraham

As “people of The Book,” the people of God inherit godly views and values from the lively characters peopling the Judeo-Christian Bible. These Bible people are also the forefathers and foremothers who bind Jews and Christians together with family ties that especially began with Abraham and Sarah.

Since these ancestors of Jesus also belong to those of us who live in the Family of Christ, Christians have the birthright and, perhaps, family responsibility to consider Father Abraham as our “Uncle Abe” and Mother Nation as our “Aunt Sarah.” Hopefully, then, anyone interested in biblical genealogy might welcome the poems and stories which, Lord willing, this ecumenical blog will bring with love, faith, and, whenever appropriate, humor.

For example, Bible readers will recall that, when God let the elderly Sarah know she would have a child, she did what any woman in her nineties would do. She laughed. Within the year, however, she gave birth to her son Isaac, a name which means “laughter,” but if we had been there at the beginning, we might have heard a conversation like this:

Mother Nation

Call the doctor, Abraham!
I think I am delirious.
I thought God spoke.
Oh, what a joke!
But, surely, He's not serious.
Me, a mother at my age?
Oh, Abram, that's outrageous!
I hope it's not contagious.
Yet, if it's true
what God can do,
a baby may be dear to us.
Well, soon it will be clear to us.
But I must say,
I think God's way
is more than just
mysterious.


© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, All rights reserved. Please do not use without her permission.

May God bless these pages and help us to get better acquainted with our Judeo-Christian heritage, each other, and ourselves as vital members of the Family of God. Shalom.

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