Daily Archives: November 22, 2003

Preparing: The Coming

In preparing for a week of prayer at the church, I came across this poem.  It is one that I have read before and it touches me each time with an awareness of Jesus’s incredible love for our fallen world.

The Coming

R. S. Thomas,   Wales, 1913 –.


And God held in his hand

A small globe.  Look, he said,

The son looked.  Far off,

As through water, he saw

A scorched land of fierce

Colour.  The light burned

There; crusted buildings

Cast their shadows; a bright

Serpent, a river

Uncoiled itself, radiant

With slime.

                   On a bare

Hill a bare tree saddened

The sky.  Many people

Held out their thin arms

To it, as though waiting

For a vanished April

To return to its crossed

Boughs.  The son watched

Them.  Let me go there, he said.



R. Atwan, G. Dardess, P. Rosenthal, (eds)  Divine Inspiration  The Life of Jesus in World Poetry, Oxford University Press, 1998 , p. 7


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Last week we got news that the brother and sisters of our boys, Patrick and Christian, have been refused visa’s to join us here in Canada.  All we and their parents would like is for them to be able to get a good education.  It  is hard to do that in the Congo, even though their father makes big sacrifices to provide for the best education he can.  This is especially true for the girls and I believe the girls are the biggest worry for Jacques now.  The boy can possibly make it through school, but for girls – getting an education is frought with huge risks – all the demands that can be made on young women in a sexually promiscuous society. 

The news we were afraid would throw the brothers into despair has been taken in stride so far.  But we know that they are disappointed and frustrated by the seeming injustices that are heaped upon those from Africa who apply for any sort of entry into Canada – even if it is just for a visit.  The judgement is usually made that there is not enough reason for the person to return to Africa.  Sometimes they are right but in this case, we feel they are deciding the case based on presuppositions. 

So we have about two months to ask for an appeal.  I guess we will do that.  More paper work ahead!

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