Psalm 137 Covid Version:
In the lockdown of Covid,
Indoors we stayed, and wept,
When we remembered friends, family, sanity and jobs.
In the churches we silenced our tongues, and muzzled our faces,
For the Government required of us fearful obeisance to the gods of bureaucratic scientism & the spin of half-truths.
Why should we so meekly comply and not sing the LORD’s song in this ‘new normal’?
If I forget you, O Christ, let me throw away my own heart upon the ash heap;
If I forget you O Church, cast me upon the rocks of ruin,
Let not my highest joy in Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Be subordinated to whimsical diktat of conflicting authoritarian pronouncements.
Remember LORD, in previous actual plagues of old
Twas the Church that fought like lions,
And preserved the communities and society.
O Covid, destroyer of civilisations, doomed to be destroyed,
May the LORD repay those whose courage failed.
May the LORD repay those whose courage roared.
Let not the future prove to be the rocks upon which we have dashed our little ones.