Comments: Grappling with Injustice

By coincidence the same point was made last Saturday (the Sabbath day- celebrating creation) in a hymn that took the place of, and was inspired, by the Prayer Book's Benedicite, in a Matins celebrating St Andrew's Day : an attempt at a Benedicite that attempted to acknowledge both the beauty and wonder of creation but, realistically, also the fact, in the words of Tennyson that nature is also "red in tooth and claw" (but knowing that the questions remain).

To creation’s heart sing praises
to the One who good resolves :
for God’s messengers – God’s angels -
all the BEST that earth evolves :
with the firmament about us -
sun and moon and stars of light,
showers and dew, refreshing breezes,
seasons, sun come with delight :

frost and dew on sparkling mornings,
new day’s freedom, evening’s rest,
fertile soil, rich vegetation,
hills and mountains, valleys blest :
sea for journeys, wells for succour,
whales and fish in watery space,
birds above, and beasts and cattle,
and our multi-facet race :

and among it, faith-full servants -
every kindly heart and soul,
all who work to see God’s justice ~
like a mighty river roll : (pause)
and, though accidents attend us, (softly)
desolation, death, and pain,
for all blessings we are grateful :(strongly)
Beauty, Goodness, Truth remain.

("best" here put in capital letters but italics are intended)

© tune : 87.87 D

Posted by John Bunyan at Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 8:34pm GMT

John Bunyan's response sounds very Franciscan.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Friday, 6 December 2013 at 11:48pm GMT
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