Jews praying by the wailing wall in Jerusalem

A Covenanted People

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Greetings, everyone! The last few Thursday Theology posts have been pretty heavy, so I thought I’d lighten things up today with a bit of poetry. I suppose this post is still theological in nature, depending on how you look at it.

I’m a huge fan of poetry that is simple, unusual, and profound. In another post I shared my favourite quatrains, which are four line, single stanza poems. Check out that post if you want to be inspired! In this post I want strip things down even further and share one of the shortest (and probably one of the best) poems I have ever read. Ready?

How odd of God
To choose the Jews

The above couplet is attributed to William Norman Ewer, a British journalist writing in the 20th century. It’s also worth sharing a response he received to the poem:

But not so odd
As those who choose
A Jewish God
Yet spurn the Jews

That response is attributed to an African-American writer named Cecil Brown, although its authorship is contested.

I don’t think these poems require much commentary. I’d prefer to let them speak for themselves. If you enjoyed them, you’re welcome to leave a comment below πŸ™‚

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