Nathaniel’s Cry

Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.

(John 1:48)



How I have tried

To duck under fig 

Leaf covers

Concealed as nectar 

In clover

Hiding without

And seething within.

How long, oh LORD?

Vashti, deposed. 

For what?

Esther’s ascension. 

Elijah’s ascension.

Ahab’s wrath and Herod’s. 

Will You forget Your servant forever?

Exile. 

Daniel in lion’s den,

Remembered.

Lion of Judah–

Forgotten?

How long, oh LORD?

Hail Augustus.

Hail tax-collectors.

Hail Rome.

Remnant

With No home.

How long, oh LORD?

I looked for comfort,

And found none. 

For shelter, 

And the fig tree withers. 

How long–

“Nathaniel.”

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Shabbat Shalom 🙂

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