They Shall Not Hurt or Destroy

The deer crashes through the thicket

Made desperate by the gun.

The lion chases the goat who in

Terror is made to run.

The mother of the child is frightened

She fears and hates the snake.

The whole forest dreads the bear

And the havoc he can make.

But a new voice comes in love and great power

And announces the arrival of the long awaited hour.

“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all

My holy mountain; for the earth

Shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord

As the the waters cover the sea”

There is a miracle in that voice,

The lion and bear take note,

Of deeply buried understandings

That no longer are remote.

No man or beast dares rebel

Against the speaker that is God

Who speaks with an authority

That is either feared or awed.

Then, a world against itself,

Did not know God’s way.

Now a world is ordered

Because they heard God say:

‘They shall not hurt or destroy

In all my holy mountain; for the earth

Shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord

As the waters cover the sea.”

– GMC –
Written May 24th, 2006


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