212 Have You Heard the Almighty Sighing?
A morning star rises at dawn from the East.
It’s a new star, lighting up the starry sky,
igniting the burnt-out light in people’s hearts.
So they’re no longer lonely or in the dark.
But only you lie asleep in the dark night,
unable to hear the sound or see the light,
unable to notice something’s beginning—
that there’s a new age, heaven and earth coming.
For your “father” says it’s still early and cold,
if you go outside, the sword may pierce your eyes.
You believe just what your father says to you,
since he’s older than you and truly loves you.
Such love and advice make you deny there’s light.
You don’t care whether there is truth in the world.
You don’t hope for the Almighty to come and save you,
or hope to see the light, you’re content with status quo.
In your eyes beautiful things can’t revive and exist,
tomorrow and man’s future is doomed, disappears.
You hold your father tight, glad to suffer with him,
fearing you’ll lose your journey’s partner and direction.
This vast hazy world has made many like you,
unflinching, dauntless in their different roles.
It formed many “warriors” who don’t fear death,
many numb humans who don’t know why they were made.
God looks at the very afflicted mankind,
He can hear the wailing of those suffering,
see how shameless they seem, feel their helplessness,
feel their terror at having lost salvation.
Man rejects His care, shuns His watching, goes their way.
They’d rather fully taste the bitter deep sea with the foe.
God’s sighing can’t be heard, His hands won’t now touch man.
He regains and loses time and again.
He then grows tired, weary and stops His work.
He no longer wanders amongst the people.
People can’t see these changes, His coming, going,
or His sorrow, melancholy; God’s sighing.
Adapted from “The Sighing of the Almighty”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh