“Rise Up”*

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Kyle Cottrell

And the prophets will rise.
No soothsayers, palm readers–their life-lines
and sea-roads charted straight to Tarshish,
falling off the edge of the world.

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Sandra Seitamaa

No fortune tellers–their foggy crystal ball.
No necromancers. We wait
for the troubled ones, those to whom
God sends songs in the night (Job 35:10),
dreams and visions, the Word
God spoke in the beginning,
the Word still available,

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Dariusz Sankowski

whispered in the ear (Job 33: 15-17)
of Elihu “filled with words, / choked by
the rush of them within” (Job 32: 18),
the ear of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Amos,
even pouting Jonah, indignant at God
for not fire-and-brimstone-ing Nineveh,
turning tender, compassionate
toward the great city of more than

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Jonathan Riley

“a hundred and twenty thousand people
who cannot tell their right hand from their left,
to say nothing of all the animals” (Jonah 4:11).

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Joshua J. Cotten

We wait for God’s creatures great and small,
a little child leading them (Isaiah 11:6).

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Patrick Fore

O prophets of Truth, teach us to wait
for the child, hear again those glad songs
ringing out at dead of night (Job 35:10),
louder than the din of a wagging tongue,
reverberating gong, clanging cymbal
(First Corinthians 13:1-2).

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Biegun Wschodni

We call for a servant-leader:
“The greatest among you
must be your servant.
Anyone who exalts himself
will be humbled, and anyone
who humbles himself
will be exalted”
(Matthew 23:11-12).

“After shadow and darkness,
the eyes of the blind will see”
(Isaiah 29:18).

After the time of Coronavirus,
COVID-19, after the time of
the breathless Displaced,
the Innocents silenced by
persons fearing words
of reconciliation,

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Micheile Henderson

after our time of shadow and darkness,
the sick-bed of bones trembling
with palsy, the soul drawing near
to the pit, dwelling of the dead
(Job 33:19-22), an Angel

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“Night With Her Train of Stars” (1912). Painting by Edward Robert Hughes. Birmingham Museums Trust

will appear at our side, a Mediator
to remind us where our duty lies
(Job 33:23), calling us to rise
and walk, in spite of the ache,
rise like the day, unafraid:

“All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other”
(Andra Day, Rise Up).

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Nicolas Cool

Notes:

  1. All biblical passages are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966.
  2. *Rise Up, recorded by Andra Day, written by Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo, lyrics © BMG Rights Management. YouTube video, May 9, 2016.