Independence Day

It feels like a good day to be contemplating Sunday’s sermon.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-12)

We will have no more of kings.
Except, perhaps, for one such as this,
who enters not on a horse dressed for battle
but on a colt, the child of a donkey.

No twenty-one gun salute for him,
since he has broken the bows of war.
Their caterpillar tires he has
morphed into moths; their tridents

he has given to the children
of Neptune as a plaything; he has
loosened the wheels of the barreling chariots;
they shall not pursue him across the sand

as he gazes into the horizon.
The waves bow down in peace.
We will have no more of kings
except for this.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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