A Time Is Coming . . .

By Wes Jamison

A time is coming
when those buried under the weight of deep sorrow
will be lifted from their anguish
and transformed by the Spirit of hope.

A time is coming
when those whose lives have been shattered by violence
will be embraced in the loving arms of mercy
and transformed by the Spirit of peace.

A time is coming
when those whose voices have been silenced by hate
will be renewed by the establishment of justice
and transformed by the Spirit of joy.

A time is coming
when those who have been rejected and cast out
will be welcomed into the fullness of life
and transformed by the Spirit of love.

We dare to live in hope,
We dare to proclaim peace,
We dare to share in joy,
We dare to trust in love,
knowing that a time is coming
when all will be made right.

A time is coming
when the shroud of our gloom will be lifted,
when our weapons will be beaten into tools to care for the land,
when our fears will be assuaged forever,
when our hatred will be stilled permanently,
for a ruler is coming
whose reign is certain
and whose realm is irresistible,
a ruler who embodies solidarity with those who suffer
and power with those who struggle for liberation.

A time is coming
and it draws ever near
in the lives of those
who dare to act with courage
and love with conviction,
who dedicate themselves to its pursuit
and risk everything for the sake of its promise.

A time is coming
and it’s here now;
the beloved community is at hand.

It remains only for us to reach out and embrace it.