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[Editor's note: This Advent season, we will be running a series of reflections on the Bread Blog from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. The reading for this post is Psalm 33. Keep reading Bread Blog for more Advent reflections.]
 

By Lucas Walker

God looks down from heaven, and sees all humankind.
From where God sits enthroned God watches all the inhabitants of the earth-
The one who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds.
 
Our soul waits for God; God is our help and shield.
 
If God is watching us
Then I am watching God
In this image I see
 
No hale and ancient sky god fearfully
And wonderfully
reclining on solid gold,
on cloud
 
But a slightly (only slightly)
Disarrayed bright eyed handsome genius
On a throne, oh yes
Working close with His hands
on a pulsing shining thing
held close to His chest.
 
Fashioning hearts.
 
His eyes flick down
down legions of air
And watch bodies in motion;
Little hopeful creatures
Built for gladness
 
His eyes are up again
Back to this heart in His laboring hands.
 
If you could see this heart
quite close, what a wonder
You would be
 
A fearfully
And wonderfully illuminated text;
 
Actually, I mean more like
The whirled heart of a tree
Layered with grains and scars
and possibility;
 
Or more, I mean
A thick impasto
Of colors and experience
In a frame so grand anyone would know
this is an unrepeatable creation
 
Hearts like...like nothing else
that's the whole point
 
What I'm trying to tell you is
I see Him designing
Our unique heart.
 
You
That woman there too
(The one He glanced at just now -
Shading her hand and searching up
hoping for rain)
 
Maybe she's hoping for more,
With a gladness built into the core of her
 
To meet the One who made
(Touch the center of the body)
This
 
We're all so hopeful despite
This waiting
Please just come
Throw down your meticulous tools
Unthrone yourself and join us
And tell
How You made the hearts
How You keep them
and what we can do now
 
Lucas Walker is a pastoral care associate at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. 

 

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