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xv. Signs and Wonders - The Future

The Future:

Late 14c. from Old French futur, from Latin futurus ‘going to be, yet to be, as a noun, ‘the future’.

On a Star Caught in a Tree

for my daughter

Seated on the front garden seat, the sky

is a middle-aged blackboard of both sign

and cipher - present and past. For you I

know it's as new as the small sewn line

of cross-stitch you clutch in your fingers.

Something to be worked upon, added to

and talked about, embellished by a blur

of questions. But I am held by the blue

tapestry of sky where you're pointing

to a star caught in a tree between blind

branches. While you ask me if by morning

it will be able to get out? Inclined

to equivocate but bound to this show

of cosmic irony - only say I hope so.

Jeff Guess


There is story from Japan of a young archery student who travelled to the country’s greatest archer for advice and tuition. He found him at last on the top of a mountain but without a bow or arrows. The archery master said nothing but simply went through what the young archery student thought was a charade or mime of the master firing an arrow. Each time he loosed what seemed an imaginary arrow a bird fell out of the sky at his feet. The master then simply spoke to the student and said ‘There are few who can own such a bow and arrows – your future is their purchase’.

Reading: Jeremiah 29: 11

For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future . . . NIV


Father of all,

we give you thanks and praise,

that when we were still far off

you met us in your Son and brought us home.

Dying and living, he declared your love,

gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ's body live his risen life;

we who drink his cup bring life to others;

we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so we and all your children shall be free,

and the whole earth live to praise your name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen.

from An Australian Prayer Book

©Jeff Guess 2017

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