May 6, 2014

Signs and Wonders



They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


They do not fall like a fireball from the western sky and boom
they do not announce themselves with brass and timpani rolls

while you wait for literal Merlins and alchemists to turn
the dull lead of your life into something prized and shiny

while you wonder if Jesus himself might spit in mud and
make you see or get you up off the invalid matt to dance

signs and wonders happen when people gather in memory
of the one who broke bread and shared it beyond frontiers

community emerges from nothing, possessions are shared, a common
wonderful within us is sloshed and drunk and sung into new existence

the poor are honored, gladness swells like full moon high tide
awe fills dumb-founded souls with mystery secreted in each hour

tears flow from all who are lost in it and cannot explain it and do not
have to, tears of exuberance, tears of good grief, tears for life itself

this is our sign and our wonder: we are here at all and we share
love together with transplanted hearts bigger than our rib cages

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