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In this third week of Advent, we are focusing on the theme 'Hope' and Isaiah 35.1-10.
Pádraig's poem, inspired by Isaiah's description of a world where even 'the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad', speaks of a joy available to all of us. Whatever our circumstances, we can rejoice in this hope of a transformed world.
You can listen to him read 'Rejoice!'. The full text is also printed below.
Somebody is shouting for joy
not because they can see the joy
not because they can feel the joy
but because they believe in joy.
And so they shout to the trees
the leaves, the hills and valleys.
They shout to the mountains, sand and
everything that sees or breathes the living air
Everything that lives,
everything that moves
or grows, or stands or lifts its hands up
in sunshine morning glory.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Not because there's any reason
Because sometimes, it's true, there's not
Rejoice in the storying of hoping,
not because of any reason whatsoever,
but because of joy, because of hope
because survival must mean something more than coping
Rejoice! Rejoice! Our day of storytelling will come around again.
Rejoice! We must make it. Rejoice!
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