call to hope

Included in our worship this Advent/Christmas season,
are responsive calls to hope, joy, peace, love, and light
that are written in such a way that they hinge
on the linch pin that is God-with-us—
Emmanuel.

You read through them
acknowledging the truth of life today
until you get to the truth of God with us
at which point
the truth of life today is necessarily reassessed.
Nothing is changed,
except for everything.

there’s little reason to hope
in this world of ours
we don’t believe
our voice and our living make a difference
it’s so obvious
the long arc of the moral universe bends toward greed
we don’t really believe
it matters that
we say we believe
in this season of waiting and expecting
God is to be born in our midst
in the divine topsy-turviness of hope-full-ness
God is to be born in our midst
in this season of waiting and expecting
we say we believe
it matters that
we don’t really believe
the long arc of the moral universe bends toward greed
it’s so obvious
our voice and our living make a difference
we don’t believe
in this world of ours
there’s little reason to hope

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