I was inspired by reading Lamentations and a book called "Prophetic Lament: A Call For Justice in Troubled Times" by Soong-Chan Rah. From his book, I learned about the style and art of poetry used by the writers of Lamentations and thought I would give a version of it a try. Here it is below.
Jesse's Acrostic Poem
As the sun rises in the East, I am thankful for the gift of a new day.
Bright rays of Alberta light reveal the wonder of creation.
Creatures stir from their slumber; humans rise from their rest.
Darkness has gone, but not completely for all.
Everywhere I turn, I see signs of brokenness.
Fear manifests itself as violence.
Greed and power are the governing principles of our economy and culture.
How long, creator God, will we extract and consume?
Is our connection to Genesis too far gone?
Justice and mercy are not available to all.
Kindness and grace are conditional; not sacrificial.
Love of the Father seems distorted, withdrawn or lost.
Many of your children do not know about your love.
Neighbours are strangers, when they should be Samaritans.
Our connection to Shalom is only a thin strand of silk.
Prepare our hearts with the gentle call of the Spirit.
Quiet our minds and souls, to be able to receive and hear from you.
Restore peace to a world that needs to learn to live in solidarity.
Save us from the ways we hurt ourselves and others.
Turn our feet to follow the path of Christ.
Use us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Visit us in the mysterious and liminal spaces.
Watch over us when we fall down into the valley of dry bones.
Xerosis is only a temporary affliction and condition.
You will breathe new life into us again, making all things new.
Zeal for the great commission invites us to co-labor in the coming of your kindom.