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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: Kairos Psalm
By Beth Muehlhausen
02/10/11


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Kairos Psalm



Dark night of the soul,
How long … how lifetime-long?
My ashen heart shrinks as a graying cinder:
Death.

Your desert-drought o’er takes me;
Inner landscapes wilt.
Singed and blackened, I gasp soundlessly:
Pain.

Stuporous minutes plod,
Representatives of transient chronology.
I flounder with a hopeless, waning will:
Exile.


Ah - a flutter, a breath, a stirring deep within.
Perhaps You have not abandoned me, Lord!
My soul shuffles aimlessly, not wanting to trust:
Pride.

My weak, faint spirit groans with mortal agony.
Your favor eludes me like a scurrying winter wind.
Revisit and redeem this devil-dark night:
Despair.

I am made for Your hope –
May I apprehend, if not comprehend, it!
And yet I cry out in this forsaken wilderness:
Prayer.

Mystery shrouds Your high, regal-righteous ways.
Disclose Yourself anew; arouse and flame my heart
Until I trust Your rescue and deliverance:
Mercy.

You alone, Lord, create and re-create –
Your endings are not ends, but usher new beginnings.
Rekindle my shrunken heart as a burning bush, Lord:
Advent.


Oh dark night – DARK NIGHT! I’ve resisted your suffering,
Disabled by misunderstanding and autonomous pride.
YOU are the Almighty’s tool for wrecking and building:
Irony.


Almighty Father, my desolation must give way
To Your flickering anvil- sparks of life.
You alone can quicken and heal me:
Restoration.

Yet still I moan with human agony as You work,
Even as You immerse Your eternal plan within created time.
Remove my temporal scales and restore far-sightedness:
Wisdom.

Eternity – who on earth can understand or own it?
It is not sequential, predictable, measurable,
But rather intersects with, and shatters, my smallness:
Redemption.

I cannot perceive Your larger-than-life realities
Any more than I can grasp You.
But I pray to embrace this era of personal tribulation:
Kairos.*

Your providential purposes will eventually unfold.
The effects of this era of seeming hopelessness
Are no mistake, but rather have been uniquely orchestrated:
Transformation.

As divinity communes with earthly time,
You overshadow me until together we draw fear captive.
Suffering is not wasted, but purposeful and redefined:
Salvation.

Chronology is no longer a burdensome foe
But a venue for Your sustaining grace and strength.
I wait with confident expectation for the fullness of time:
Wholeness.

I praise You, Lord of heaven and earth, Lord of life and death!
To my fellow pilgrims I say, He alone is worthy, Hallelujah!
I praise You, Lord of the dark night - Your gift is ultimate:
Faith.

Selah.




“In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you.” Isaiah 49:8

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*Kairos (a Greek word) - A segment of opportunely divine time as when eternity intersects with chronology; God's time; the right time.


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Margaret Kearley 02/12/11
How do you do that? - How do you find the words to describe such depths? I'd love to comment on individual phrases but my heart echoed with so many of them, that this note would be even more lengthy! I love the wonderful meaning of Kairos - I have often wondered how to put that into words. Thank you again - this has gone straight into my 'Favourites' (with a copy in my Bible too!) Margaret
Francy Judge02/12/11
A beautiful poem--one to be reread and absorbed.
Jim McWhinnie 02/16/11
Thoughtful - thoroughly thoughtful.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/17/11
Congratulations for placing 9th in Masters and 11th overall!