O, John! (A Meditation on Mark 1:1-8)

O, John!

Harbinger of God,
wild voice of Jordan,
singing a new and strange song,
which lyrics,
yet being written,
speak of strange (terrible!)
and wonderful things.

O, John!

Refresh us,
with your bath of righteousness,
water flowing,
entering into the cracks
and crevices
of our lives.

O, John!

You never tire
of your relentless call–
“Repent! Be made new!”
Something we’ve not heard
before,
nor since,
in any real way.

O, John!

O, baptizer!

O, voice in the wilderness!

Wild man,
who serves a wild God,
among a people untamed,
and unashamed–

show us the One.

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