Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sheep Amidst Wolves

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes." Matthew 10:16-24

Sheep Amidst Wolves

Sleeping with one eye open
we sniff the air seeking signs
always on the lookout for trouble
with no weapons for protection.

We live vulnerable among these wolves
the prey, the food of their lives
we live for peace among warmongers
we live forgiveness amidst violence.

We cannot change those who attack
but we can change the hearts of others
we will model love and compassion
in a vicious dog eat dog world.

God did not send us alone
we are draped with spirit's robes
and the Creator's war of words
the gifts of healing we bring.

Let us endure only endure for today
watching and waiting through these times
the wolves will show themselves soon enough
and God will find joyously faithful.

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