Suddenly He Comes
based Luke 2:22-38; Malachi 3:1-3
Born in arms to his house as a pilgrim The Anointed who'll bear our salvation This first-born redeemed and two young pigeons For the desire and wealth of the nations. Suddenly he comes to those who long-waited The refiner's fire, the promised fuller's soap; Simeon and Anna are made young again To see Israel's consolation and hope.
O Lord, in the light of Candlemas I see In the heart of this weary, winter's way You giving your wealth, becoming poor for me That I might be young and long for the Day When the sudden shaking of your revealing Dashes the proud, but the poor and pierced? healing.
© Randy Edwards 2017. artwork: The Presentation in the Temple, c. 1790-1795 by John Opie, 1761-1804; oil on canvas, National Gallery of Canada