Between Midnight and Dawn: Broods with Bright Wings

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photo of a windy day at Manna Farm — Nate Lovegren

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Luke 13:34

 

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
~Gerard Manley Hopkins “God’s Grandeur”
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photo of a windy day at Manna Farm — Danyale Tamminga

 

We are moving toward the crushing of Christ in the Garden of the Oil Press, Gethsemane.  Even there, the moment of betrayal became the moment He was glorified, and God was glorified.  Crushed, bleeding,  poured out over the world — in one moment He is the wings that brood and cover us, the next He becomes the sacrifice that anoints us.

“for him to see me mended,
I must see him torn…”
~Luci Shaw

 

 

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