A Kingdom Poem for Independence Day

Jason Micheli —  July 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

images-1Independence Day is always a powerful, happy yet tricky day for Christians in America.

Our rightful gratitude for this nation can sometimes lead us to forget that, in Christ, we have dual citizenship and only one ultimate allegiance.

To the Kingdom of God.

Seamus Heaney, one of my favorite poets, is an Irish Catholic and expresses here what I’d call the distinctiveness of the Kingdom hope:

Human beings suffer,

They torture one another,

They get hurt and get hard.

No poem or play or song

Can fully right a wrong

Inflicted and endured.

 

The innocent in gaols

Beat on their bars together.

A hunger-striker’s father

Stands in the graveyard dumb.

The police widow in veils

Faints at the funeral home.

 

History says, don’t hope

On this side of the grave.

But then, once in a lifetime

The longed-for tidal wave

Of justice can rise up,

And hope and history rhyme.

 

So hope for a great sea-change

On the far side of revenge.

Believe that further shore

Is reachable from here.

Believe in miracles

And cures and healing wells.

– from ‘The Cure at Troy’ (1990)

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