Yesterday, the earthly remains of my Uncle Paul were committed to the earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Canadian border is still closed, so I was unable to be there, but my dear Auntie Dawn attended to that by including one of my poems in the program, and it will be beautifully read by one of my cousins. Even so, I have felt my absence all week like a pebble in the shoe.
Many of you have suffered much greater disappointments, losses, and omissions during the past year, so in honor of all our losses, in remembrance of a family patriarch, and in celebration of a coming resurrection that will far out weigh all that we suffer or lament, I will share the poem as my Sunday Scripture post today. “Resurrection” came to be during a week of watching a barn on a nearby country road being dismantled piece by piece.
“As for man, his days are as grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And the place thereof remembers it no more.”
Psalm 103:15, 16
Every day there are fewer shingles — and more bare roof.
Every day there is less barn and more sky
It becomes clear to us that walls are also passing away,
A melancholy nod to the flowers of the field
Who spend their winters in barn-storage,
The wind having already passed over their flourishing.
There is merit,
(wisdom at least)
In the contemplation of
A barn-less field,
A me-less world:
“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
But Old Testament poets notwithstanding,
There will be a Second Wind,
Who will tease mortal hay back into clover, timothy, succulent greens;
Stir the dry bones;
Reconstitute my known frame, while that Living Wind whispers,
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
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