The Budding Stump
(Isaiah 11:1-3 and 53:1-3)
The Stump of David,
Cracked and grey with age,
Neglected, cast aside,
Now sprouts again, as God had said.
Not couched in beauty, or in power,
Comes this obscure and unexpected Branch;
Nor with glory sought by swords,
Drenching Israel's enemies in blood--
Though bloodshed nascent lies within.
O Lord of stumps,
Whose sapience informs
What men have cast aside,
And makes to grow again
What you yourself have pruned away:
Now take the hopes of glory
Grown and nourished by our pride;
Reform them by Your promised Shoot,
That we may find the power
That lies in roots, and not in mighty trees.
Elton D. Higgs
(Dec. 26, 1982)