Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Praise to Jesus in the kitchen: a hymn

Kim Fabricius—a minister in Wales and brilliant guest blogger at Faith & Theology—has composed a new hymn that he kindly sent to me. The context for the hymn, as he shared it with me, goes as follows:
I was reading John Bell’s new book Thinking Out Loud: Collected Scripts from Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ (2008). It concludes with an auto-biographical reflection on “Politics, Passion and the Human Soul” in which, commenting on the “heresy of dualism”, John observes: “Undoubtedly religious vocabulary exacerbates the situation... I mean when did anyone ever sing: ‘Praise to Jesus in the kitchen’?”
Kim decided to rectify this situation with—what else?—a hymn! I post it here now for your reading (and, hopefully, singing) pleasure. Also, you’ll notice that the hymn is especially suited for this blog, The Fire & the Rose. My sincere thanks to Kim for this fine hymn.


Praise to Jesus in the kitchen
(Tune: Oh My Darling, Clementine)

By Kim Fabricius

Praise to Jesus in the kitchen,
in a mansion or a flat,
pitch or pub or children’s playpen –
where we are is where he’s at.

In the boardroom and the City,
on the dole and in the slums,
here in judgement, there in pity,
suddenly the Saviour comes.

With the sick, and sad, and lonely,
in the hospice, on the street,
Servant Son, the one and only,
kneels and washes weary feet.

Concentration camps and prisons,
scenes of torture and despair,
sickening sights on television:
pick a place – the Lord is there!

Into death and hell descending,
Christ the fellow-sufferer goes,
purges pain that seems unending,
knots the fire and the rose.*

High in heaven, Christ ascended,
far beyond the farthest stars,
no one, nowhere, unbefriended –
where he’s at is where we are!


*All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one
– T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”

6 comments:

UncleMeat said...

""""Concentration camps and prisons,
scenes of torture and despair,
sickening sights on television:
pick a place – the Lord is there!""""

You got that right: assuming He exists, He created it, and could eliminate it, but chooses not to. Ergo, he's the Warden

UNtil you take on Voltaire 101, you really shouldn't even bother with "theology."

Bob said...

Absolutely love this and look forward to reading it as our blessing before the dinner table tonight. I see the beginnings of Kim's next book...theological poetry!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Jesus in the kitchen, Jesus would probably have been a vegetarian.

It could be said that one of the reasons Jesus attempted to kick the priests who performed animal and chicken sacrifices out of the temple, was a protest at the slaughter of animals altogether.

It is also interesting to note that with very rare exceptions there is no tradition of vegetarianism within the Christian tradition altogether.

In fact there has always been, and still is, a lot of propaganda against vegetarianism and veganism in western culture altogether. And even "righteous" villification of those who both practice or advocate vegetarianism

Dennis said...

Dear Anon,

You've got to be a vegetarian. Be a vegetarian, we're happy for you! But no one's gonna make it a status confessionis.

kim fabricius said...

Praise to Jesus in the kitchen,
cooking a delicious dish,
spinach salad, muesli muffins -
with the lamb chops - or the fish!

See Matthew 26:26 - main course: lamb; and Mark 8:7, Luke 24:41-44 John 21:11-12 - alas, no mention of chips, i.e. French fries.

Mr. Bone said...

I think I would have enjoyed this much more if the tune "Oh my darlin', oh my darlin'" had not been the mental accompaniment. :)