The hopeful prophesies of future restoration found in these passages, addressed to the Israelites in exile, seem like an oasis in the desert of Lent. Here is another oasis, from Kate McIlhagga, a Scottish poet:
Flower FragranceJane Rotch
Green-hearted winter snowdrop,
symbol of God’s renewing love
turn your face to the sun,
as the days lengthen
and he sets his face to go to Jerusalem.
Pale yellow hosanna trumpet of spring,
accompany him on his journey,
and as your shining petals brighten our day,
help us to sense his presence in our darkness,
his suffering in the agony of the world.
Flower fragrance of anointed love,
Fill our house, our hearts, our world,
with the life-giving news of Easter.