wisdom

sound the trumpets

a mighty blast rings from from heaven

earth bursts forth

creation joins in song

 

it is pronounced good

old creation, new creation

season to season it is all good

lament the passing of the old good

rejoice in the coming of what is better

 

eat and drink what is good

for nourishment is the greatest good

abstain from what is good

for nourishment is not equally distributed

 

enter holy places, make holy places, find holy time

but know that change will come

know that it will be laborious

know that God’s will is joyful repentance

turning toward the ultimate good

seeking the image of Christ

embracing the new good as it comes

surrendering the old good to the past

 

but what of evil, does evil not exist

certainly the old good must be remembered

old good that has conquered old evil must be honored

but focus on old good blinds to new evil

Christ, the ever-renewed ever-resurrected perfect good

the focus, the revelation, the way, the truth, and the life

has already conquered every new evil

 

all remembrance, all honor, all glory belong to Christ

all that is good comes from Christ

may good never be corrupted

may it be ever be remembered and honored

may faith in it never falter

in the name of Jesus Christ

AMEN

Oracle(s)

the genre of written prophetic speech

not quite prose, not quite poetry

an ancient form of art

 

and thus says the LORD, or thus says the prophet

God speaks, but through human words

the LORD God of Hosts

commander of the Angel Armies

possesses the mind of a madman in the wilderness

surely none shall take him seriously

he will find nothing but sorrow

for his words will fall on deaf ears

 

the WORD of glory

the NAME of righteousness

breathes through a woman on the street

wrestling and resting in the tension of Divine wrath and mercy

speaking out against the sin of all nations

upholding God’s will of just peace

she will find a sympathetic ear

in the outcast, the oppressed, the down trodden

but the oppressor will remain deaf to her cries

 

the self-righteous make sacrifices in the name of God

to ease their conscience and appease the demands of tradition

God sacrifices in the name of the unrighteous

for God’s own glory and God’s own self

to faithfully uphold Divine covenant

when all other parties fail

 

God gives birth to something new

through trials and through pain

nothing good comes without discomfort

nothing true comes without suffering

but this does not acquit the guilty

it does not excuse the abuser

the Refiner’s fire comes

the Kiln of justice is ready

the seeds of Life are planted

the process of Salvation has begun

glory to God in the highest