taking the words of Jesus seriously

prayer (xxvi)

…for Munther Isaac and Gaza…

this year, the child will be found

swaddled in rubble. soft infant

flesh surrounded by rough slabs

and crumbling. do not neglect

the day of small things. little is

much in a rain of firebombs. in

Bethlehem, a silent God does

not ignore the suffering. he is

born to be trampled, shot,

bombarded, and


About The Author


Jonathan Chan is a writer and editor. Born in New York to a Malaysian father and South Korean mother, he was raised in Singapore and educated at Cambridge and Yale Universities. He is the author of the poetry collection going home (Landmark, 2022) and Managing Editor of poetry.sg. His poetry and essays have appeared in Christianity Today, Ekstasis, Fathom, Inheritance, The Yale Logos, Poems for Ephesians, and the Ethos Institute for Public Christianity. More of his writing can be found at jonbcy.wordpress.com.

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