I reached out to take your hand
we caught a patch of slush and slid into a ditch,
striking the passenger side into a hill
but we’re fine, everyone’s fine
we pull out
rent a car
and book our time with insurance-sanctioned
and I’m holding your hand again
because things are just things,
but we’re fine,
so everything’s fine.
Why is it that, in Exodus, God tells us that
They created the deaf, the mute, and the blind
yet in Leviticus we turn around and push them aside?
Why is it, in Genesis, that God creates
both man AND woman in Their own image
yet we get bogged down in gender roles
and social norms?
Why is it, in Romans, that we can bank
our entire faith on the fact that Abraham
came before Moses
and so are justified by grace alone,
rather than by works,
yet keep trying to earn our salvation
and set up obstacles for others to jump over to do the same?
God is calling all of us into immediate and total reconciliation with Himself.
Are we bold enough to take Him up on His offer?
“Sorry to unload on you like that,” he said
“I’m glad you did,” I said,
“So many times we go through life,
carrying burdens, situations
not knowing who we can share it with
but not quite able to bear the burdens ourselves.
We lose sleep, become stressed
because we feel all alone.
Yes, we talk to God and that is a great place to start,
but we still fear the judgement of others.
It’s not until we tell another human being
and they meet us with open hearts and minds
that we can begin to lay our burden down-
or, rather, finally have someone
to carry that burden along
til the carrying is done.”
“I couldn’t do that, people are watching”
It’s exactly because people are watching that we must do it
Do what is light and love and true
For if we do not, if we are silent,
we silence the Holy Spirit inside us
the voice, our Jiminy Cricket,
that instructs on all that is pure and good and holy.
Do it so that people will see,
for their sake and for yours,
a taste of something good
Cathedrals used to use gargoyles to ward off demons
Samurai used ferocious masks to intimidate enemies
God use what scares me to sanctify me
So that the cathedral of my soul would stand firm
For eons in You.
In the darkness,
in the shade,
where no one can see
I think ill of myself.
This is not right. This is not fair.
This is not love.
No son of encouragement
can own that title,
if it does not begin within.
“[They] were both naked,
and they felt no shame.”
There was nothing, no barriers between them,
LORD, bring us back to this place.