Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Pentecost + 2)

LET US TRUST
(Matthew 10: 24-39)

As Jesus’s disciples we’re urged not to dread:
the hairs are all counted on each of our heads.
For as God holds the sparrows in loving concern
so our lives are held too; and in life we can learn
that when hardship comes, as it will, to the just,
God’s love is still near: it calls us to trust.

Yes, to trust that even the people with whom
we’re in conflict are loved; that the rooms
in God’s house are not only for those
who agree with our views, wear similar clothes.
The “sword” Jesus brings – love, sharp as a knife –
divides the deathly from that which brings life;
but neither hatred nor rage is given excuse –
caring’s the reason that sword is turned loose;
and if on occasion a family’s at odds
it may help to recall that all members are God’s
children, and thus equally cherished:
forget not forgiveness; let anger soon perish.
For Christ did not say we’re forbidden to love
our children or parents, just not placed above
his way of the cross: his way of self-giving,
of mercy and grace – the way of full living.

Let us therefore repeat that we don’t need to dread
(though the follicles fall from each of our heads!)
Just as God holds the sparrows in loving concern
our lives are held too; thus in life may we learn
that when hardship comes, as it will, to the just,
God’s love remains near; and so, let us trust . . .

Copyright © 2014 by Andrew King

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