Go Tell Everyone

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He sent me to give good news to the poor
Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more
Tell blind people that they can see,
And set the downtrodden free
And go tell everyone
The news that the kingdom of God has come

And go tell everyone
The news that God’s kingdom has come

          In the weeks leading up to the US elections and during election week itself, a lone eagle circled our skies, calling and crying. The eagle is a personal sign for me, as is the kingfisher. When I hear the eagle’s call, just as when I hear the kingfisher’s, I turn away from the world and pay attention.

          But other than the piercing call of the eagle, I hadn’t really heard the other birds for some time. I wasn’t sure if they had all fled somewhere or if I had been too deeply buried in work to hear them. I mentioned as much to my dear Linda Raha, who replied in her gentle wisdom, It is in moments of quietude that we find ourselves again.

          It hadn’t been very quiet in my part of the world for some time now.

          Then, came last Thursday, and a gentle light shone its love into my heart. A 4 day break was coming up and I knew I needed to live it differently if I wanted to hear birdsongs with my inner ear again.

          We had to drive into the city on Friday. Since we live far away, I always try to make the most out of such trips. Often, things go reasonably well. Yet, there are times when I pack way too much into the day, and we come to the end of such days feeling none the better for it.

          With Thursday’s illumination, came a firmness to my will to not squander the day by over-planning. Instead, I made only one plan and lived the rest of the Friday hours in serenity. Its gift to me that night was an unusually still and calm spirit.

          I awakened on Saturday morning not to birdsong, but to the strains of an old hymn I’d long forgotten. It had been ever so long since my angel had sung me a hymn to greet my awakening. But unmistakably, I heard him now. From somewhere deep within me came,

He sent me to give good news to the poor
Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more
Tell blind people that they can see,
And set the downtrodden free
And go tell everyone
The news that the kingdom of God has come

          Wide awake and fully alert now, I traced the lines of that chorus with my heart, seeking the part God had willed for me, What do You want me to know, Lord?

          In a swift and gentle reply, He said,

Go tell everyone
The news that God’s kingdom has come

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