The sacred heart now bleeds
stirring dense imaginings;
things that were
are no more,
eclipsed by progress that maims
the sacred heart.
Behold Nagasaki, Hiroshima
their mountains splendid with atomic fire
their peoples transfigured
by atomic blast,
writhing in the valley
begging some splendid Christ
to touch and make whole.
Behold the radiant Bomb:
defying the law
Behold, and be struck dumb
by unspeakable terror.
Feast of Disfiguration borne not of the mountain’s vision
but of dumb demons refusing to see in other—
sister and brother
building always walls
to keep the other out . . .
“Now there are only two ways to walk:
Toward the radiance of the transfigured Christ
or the radiance of the Bomb.”……
towards the radiance that glorifies,
or the radiance that vaporizes.
“This day I set before you life and death, a blessing and a curse:
Choose this day
whom you will serve.”
–Martha Keys Barker
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. –Matthew 18:20
Lord our God and our Father, we praise you because we are allowed to have community together in the name of Jesus, who has opened our eyes to see you and who has promised to be among us when we are gathered in his name. May our hearts remain unshadowed, even when our lives seem to grow difficult and the future looks dark. Protect us whenever we are tempted and have battles to fight. Deliver us. Make us free people who know we belong to you and who are allowed while still on earth to have a share in eternal life. Amen.
–Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt