26 November 2023 – Reign of Christ A (COCU 67A)

(Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24)
Ezekiel saw
a time beyond exile;
peace, stability.

A time of healing,
of hope beyond punishment,
peace beyond despair.

But those gentle scenes,
are far from today’s carnage,
fear, hatred and death.

In the once-dreamt life,
now the bleak wasteland of death,
has hope breathed its last?
    Jeff Shrowder, 2023
Written during a time of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. (November 2023)
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