Day 9

Day 9

How beautiful upon the mountains,

are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,

who brings good news,

who announces salvation,

who says to Zion, your God reigns.’

Isaiah 52:7



How worn upon the landscape

are the footprints of the traveller

who yearns for stability

who asks for renewables

who cries out for change;

Who begs the question: Does honour reign?

How tender upon the floor-tiles

are the arches of the caregiver

who yearns for fortitude

who asks for a good night’s sleep

who cries out for dignity;

Who begs the question: Does compassion reign?

How cramped within their cloister

are the toes of the concealed

who yearns for belonging

who asks for a playmate

who cries out for recognition;

Who begs the question: Does liberation reign?

How careworn upon the rubble

are the soles of the outcast

who yearns for comfort

who asks for a break

who cries out for restitution;

Who begs the question: Does justice reign?

How beautiful among the nations

Is the dancing of present sentinels

announcing peace

bringing good news

making known salvation;

Who semaphore to all creation: Our God reigns!

[Angela Joy Morrison, ©2021]

This was my response to this scripture last year. What does it evoke in you?


  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.