How long, O Lord
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Must we wait for justice?
Hope for healing
Yearn for freedom
Desire deliverance?
We cry out to heaven
With tears and groans and prayers
That repeat the prophet’s plea
“How long?”

Not now. Not yet.
So we cry out all the more
Till God hears us and gives answer.

Exhausted, discouraged, spent,
On the brink of despair
We hear a newborn babe
And all is well
All is ready
All is yes.

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Lynn F. Monahan

Lynn F. Monahan is editor-in-chief of Maryknoll magazine and served as a Maryknoll lay missioner in Peru in the 1990s. A graduate of Syracuse University, he has worked for newspapers and newswires, including The Associated Press and Bloomberg News. He holds a master’s degree in writing from Manhattanville College, and is the author of the award-winning novel Pistaco: A Tale of Love in the Andes. Twitter: @LFMonahan