For me it has always been about God’s great story and Messiah. Having gone through several years of struggle in the ministry which continues today, I thought about doing the next two blogs related to chaos and God bringing order into it. Those who do not know about my early history may be unaware that I used to write a lot of poetry. It would be great if someday the Lord would allow me to write again. In the meantime, recently I was thinking about Jewish liturgy and the Amidah, a standard Jewish prayer recited every day. In this blog I want to share one of the poems I wrote about 8 years ago. The Hebrew stanzas are lines from the Amidah and the poem which flows after the Hebrew expounds on the thoughts in those lines in connection to God’s story of redemption. I hope you enjoy it.
Amidah and Advent
וְזוֹכֵר חַסְדֵי אָבוֹת, וּמֵבִיא גוֹאֵל לִבְנֵי בְנֵיהֶם, לְמַֽעַן שְׁמוֹ בְּאַהֲבָה.
You will in love bring forth the redeemer again to the sons of men,
In days of old He came, all God’s promises to make plain.
The Holy people by sin impaired,
did not have ears to hear.
מֶֽלֶךְ עוֹזֵר וּמוֹשִֽׁיעַ וּמָגֵן King, helper, savior, Shield,
You did not leave the Story there,
The death paid did not end the tome.
A greater plan was set in place,
A plan which death could not erase.
מְחַיֵּה מֵתִים בְּרַחֲמִים רַבִּים, The resurrection was the key,
The plan would not be stopped permanently.
The meaning of the Sacrifice could not be stopped by Satan’s device.
The ancient promise would not be precluded,
And even the nations would be included.
סְלַח לָֽנוּ, אָבִֽינוּ Forgive us our father,
We can now cry,
For our redemption has drawn nigh.
God will in Messiah purify.
כִּי גּוֹאֵל חָזָק אָֽתָּה. Our Redeemer is strong,
And the one to whom we belong.
The completion of God’s plan sure,
So we can be secure.
The delay cannot make the promise go away.
מְהֵרָה תַצְמִֽיחַ Oh speedily cause his reign to flourish,
Your will on earth as it is in heaven,
Bring Messiah back again.
Oh, this creation to renew,
And make all things new.
Rev. Jeffrey Kran
December 19, 2011