Collects: Sparrows (After Knut Nystedt and Anathallo)

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Collects: Sparrows

After Knut Nystedt, “Prayers of Kierkegaard, Pt. 3: Great Are You, O God” and Anathallo, “Sparrows”

I.

When under the arch of heaven I stand surrounded by the wonders of creation, I rapturously and adoringly praise your greatness, you who lightly hold the stars in the infinite and concern yourself fatherly with the sparrow…

(Søren Kierkegaard, Christian Discourses)

So praise:

the roof is gone;
            we behold the heavens.
Stars break through at night,
            the sun
declares the day too bright for us –

                        we praise

and trust,
as birdsong breaks
            into the sanctuary quiet.
Even sparrows
            find a home…
Though altars burn
            yet nothing ever
binds the hands
                        of Him who holds the stars
                                    and cares
a Father, for His little flock

            and opens wide the sky to show
                        the openness of loving hands

and
            even cares
for sparrows,                         even
clothes the grass
                        with dew…

 

II.

…if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

(Luke 12:28)

 

Sparrows whistle –
grass is buzzing –
day is gaining
heat and light.
Sing O sing –
sing all creation,
sing guitar strings –
sing.

Whisper, beaks,
            and dance, small talons,
sing and trust –
            the ground now breaks
with momentum
            into day
and as you hope,       small sparrows,
           for these
crowns of leaves        and songs
of breezes: how
      much more,
           O you

little-faith-ones,
            weak and wilting,
how much more
will He                        crown you?

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