Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lo Ammi

And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born. And when I passed by you and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’

Hear, O Israel,
the Lord our God,
the Lord is one,
the Lord is singular,
he who alone only does wondrous things,
who caused light to shine forth out of darkness,
who spoke dry bones to life,
who saw us,
His people (not by right-
but by His choice
from faraway forever out of time),
He saw us
and spoke
us
to life.
He spoke
us
into
His family,
declared us His own,
and did not leave us
wallowing
in the laying room of the world,
the bottle of our sickening sins
cruelly propped into our mouth
(for who would care if we drown?
no tear would be shed,
perhaps a box ticked -
that is all).
He saw us
and spoke
life
everlasting,
His shout
shaking the pillars
of our Soviet-era-orphanage hell,
His Word
never returning void
(and who are these children?
Behold! I and the children God has given me!).
Lengthen your cords, O Heaven!
strengthen your stakes, New Jerusalem!
He ascends on high,
leading a host of captives,
and giving gifts to men
(and the little children,
whom He has always loved).

Not-my-people
is loved.

Not-loved
is now His people.


See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Salvation belongs to our God, and in His name we set up our banners.

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