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Jonah Wading in Troubled Waters

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Book of Jonah

©2020 Rev. Dr. Elisabeth R. Jones

Intro to Scripture

On Wednesday the world looked on in awe as a yellow-coated prophet
spoke words that reached into our souls and hopes, and called forth
from us a resounding, prayerful “Amen.”

Her name Amanda Gorman

“The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions of what “just is”
isn’t always justice.”

She called the ugliness out
with the deft precision of her poetry,
and left us dripping on the shore, covered in whale goop,
saying “Yes!” to her proclamation
of a redeemed and redeemable world
in which there is “always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it,
if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

Now, let’s not slip out from under the
scrutinizing gaze of a yellow coated poet,
nor from the commission to compassion
that Jonah so reluctantly and partially

For God waits for us all
to see the light, to be the light,
to come around to God’s way
of loving the world,
and if there’s a troubling of the water
to get our attention,
so be it!


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