Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Heart of Stone (from Exekiel 36: 24-28, NIV)

"I will take you out of the nations;
I will gather you from all the countries
and bring you back into your own land,
I will sprinkle clean water on you,
and you will be clean.
I will cleanse you from all your
impurities and from all your idols.

I will give you a new heart 
and put a new spirit in you.

I will remove from you your 
heart of stone and give you
a heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit in you
and move you to follow my decrees and
be careful to keep my laws.
You will live in the land I gave your
forefathers; you will be my people,
and I will be your God."

Who moved the stone
that morning in the tomb.
It was rolled away, rolled away
for good.

Heart of Stone.
A rolling Stone.
That is me,

I look inside my heart 
and see judgement
where I need to see acceptance.
And my heart is open to change.

God, create in my heart a 
new song,
a new song for Easter.

Remove the old fears,
for fears should not hold us back
from what is best for us.
It is right to keep pressing forward.

And so I press
toward the land of my ancestors.
my father and mother.

My great-grandfather who
fought in the Civil War.
My grandmother Birdie
who comforted her mother.
My father, Albert,
barely 19 when he entered
the First World War.

I leave,
for my homeland,
The sound of it
rolls off my tongue like honey.
I will see the mountains again,
and the beautiful valley.

God, let any sadness from
my past fade like 
the fog of the morning mist.
Let my heart be full
of thanksgiving and 
and let me be a blessing
during this time
of celebration and reunion.

While I may not live in the land
I will be in the land
for a time.
A time with family
and old friends.

For I will be in the place of 
my childhood
and there will be rich
stories to bring back
of the people who
were happy to see me, who loved
me then,
and love me now.

And now I am back

No comments:

Post a Comment