Unwrapping Jesus

It’s Christmas,

and I’m unwrapping Jesus

Like a kid,

I’m voraciously tearing away

all the wrapping.

No matter how much it glitters,

it’s not God!

I don’t want it!

It’s not God.

I’m not satisfied until

I have him, hold him,

and he holds me.

Riiiiiiiip!

There you are Jesus,

beyond all the things I’ve made

beyond all Satan-tape.

You are there,

have always been there

waiting

for me.

Equality is a Wave We Should Ride

I have moved to a new land.

Once, I was unaware of myself,

of the color of my skin-

Yes, I was vaguely aware- 

now I am painfully so.

 

I see my brothers and sisters 

pledge violence against me,

even though I am one of them.

How can this be?

 

How can my own people ride on horses,

wielding spears of hate?

They say they do not hate, that they love.

They are only against those people,

and not me;

yet, I acknowledge that

in the heat of the moment, there is no separation.

In the fury of battle, 

the sword swings broadly;

it takes no prisoners.

 

I pray that we all would have eyes to see

that there are no “those.”

We are only ourselves.

If your neighbors are your enemies,

then all are enemies,

and if your neighbors are friends,

then all are friends.

 

For that reason, this is my plea:

that we tear down the Walls of Division;

that race and gender and language  melt away;

and that we would unite as one people

in Christ and under Christ and for Christ

forever and ever. Amen!

 

For, until we have equality,

there can be no peace.