advent meditation: a sonnet

In this post on sonnets, I promised to post the sonnet I wrote when the appropriate day arrived. This comes from Isaiah 35:1-10, the Hebrew Scripture reading for this week:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Isaiah 35:4
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”

This is the vengeance of the Lord our God,
The awful recompense with which God saves;
This is the way God wields that strong rod
The way God makes the wild world behave:
The dry sand desert shall rejoice and bloom
New streams shall flow and burning sand form pools.
Clear water then will run and make fresh room
For springs of life. It shall break all the rules.
The Lord makes strong the hands that have been weak;
Our God will now make firm the stumbling knees
Open the eyes of the blind who will seek
Unstop the ears of all the deaf with ease.
A highway there shall be: The Holy Way
And all shall walk along in joy that day.

Originally posted at God Came Down, the 2013 FPCSB meditation site.

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