He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14
The contempt in your eyes
matches the perfect outfit
complementing your life's design
to be the best ever.
Your prayer posture is fabulous
after years of expensive yoga
bending in half and looking back
you see who is watching you.
Your tears and outrage
displayed for all to see
first to chair the committee
and last to pitch in and work.
You know better than most for sure
but God remembers you in the womb
the little child reaching for a hand
the needy old woman you will become.
Bend now for we aren't fooling anyone
humanity is all broken the cracks do show
let us offer up the mess and our failure
knowing God loves us from the start.