Oxymoron: A Prayer Reflection for Proper 29

Here’s a prayerful reflection for Christ the King or Reign of Christ Sunday (Proper 29).  It was written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Prayers 4 Today.


King of kings 
Lord of lords 
Glory Hallelujah! 


are these word just 
a neat, peppy praise song, 
fun to sing 
      but empty of meaning? 

no kings around here 
that i know of, 
      but a lot of politicians 
      who act as if folks 
            are agin' 'em 
   if you are not with them; 

no lords around here 
         except those who 
         think they can 
         lord it over everyone else, 
   but debt and worry and fear 
   control my life; 

glory seems to be 
      in short supply these days, 
   and hallelujahs 
      don't seem to mean much 
           to most folks; 

but you 

      you are a mystery solved 
      in the impossibilities 
               of life; 
      an enigma wrapped 
               in wonder; 
      a majesty born 
               in humility; 
      a life blossoming 
               out of death. 

and you 

      you i could follow 

~ written by Thom M. Shuman, copyright  © 2013 Thom M. Shuman.  Posted on Prayers 4 Today.