Waiting in Wilderness: There is a Crack in Everything

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be

Ah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen from “Anthem”

The flaw is no more
noticeable, even to me,
than a new moth-hole
in my sweater, or
a very bald spot
on the fabric of
my velvet vest.

Yet when
I hold the cloth
up to the window
the sunlight
bleeds through.
~Luci Shaw “Defect”

My many cracks seem to expand with age:
do they not heal as quickly
or am I more brittle than before?

I know how my eyes leak,
my heart feels more porous.
The events of the day break me open even wider.

Yet the Light pours in
to illuminate my wounds old and new.
Let the world know
that after the hurt comes healing.

May I become the perfect offering.

One thought on “Waiting in Wilderness: There is a Crack in Everything

  1. I enjoyed this very much, Emily.
    Some of my favorite metaphors from the Hebrew Scriptures (Prophet Jeremiah, esp.) on the Potter and His restoration of
    cracked pottery tell us so much about “THE POTTER.”
    Nothing is wasted. No vessel is thrown away.
    The restored vessel, once considered useless, becomes stronger, more resilient than before once the POTTER
    begins His work. What a consoling way to go back through one’s life to recall our times of ‘brokenness’ and despair and how we
    were forgiven, restored, healed — ready to continue our Journey with the hope and thanksgiving for the POTTER’s ever-present
    concern of love and caring for us.

    Like

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