Monday, May 19, 2008

My Take on Luke 4:14-21, Dedication to Arrington Chambliss

Bible Passage
14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’


How can the poor open their ears to me
when they are living in shacks
half-clothed and hungry?

How can captives listen
when there are chains strangling their spirits?

How can the blind see
the vivid images I speak of?

Oppression and the struggle
to change your train of thought
and believe you are relevant.

Today, change surrounds us,
and located inside of change, is fear.

Fear that friends who inspire us
will become strangers.

Fear, that allows us to look
more closely into a world
which has been forgotten
by those who do not fear anything.

Powerful spirits cannot
be kept still for long
as change allows hope to move into
places where it is needed.

Hope exists in that which is present
and it also exists in that
which is missing

and it pulsates inside special people
who are able to build strength and courage
in those who do not have the energy
to listen,

so they can one day speak
and be heard.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Thank you, thank you for "Poem"

such an amazing young poet....this old lady poet thanks you for renewing my faith today...

ann c