Monday, November 19, 2018

Hello, Darling-est of Blessing

Hello, darling-est of Blessing
Beauty dressed in common clothes
Commodore of toil and testing
While time’s doorway spills in rose
Or in gray quilt, heavy-laden
With Unknown and all its dues
Hello, darling-est of heaven
Lent to we who use, abuse
Sundry hues of blue-gold goodness
What is man that Thou dost bless
And re-bless us with time’s 'Should-ness'
Mercy wearing morning’s dress

Hello, hearth of hope, fresh-fired
Lowered to the likes of we
Who leave much to be desired
In love’s true humility
Where the mouth is often willing
But the rest is often not
Hello, everybody’s darling
Patient bearer of our ought
Filling hearts with worship’s off’ring
What is man that Thou shouldst bless
And re-bless us with Time’s darling
Mercy’s sacred happiness

© Janet Martin

Psalm 8
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]
You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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