Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much." Then Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." Luke 19:1-10
We might think that everything's ruined
the weather is against us the family fractured
we are up a tree with no way down
and yet love is coming to this house.
God will bend down today and gather
the brokenhearted and the shamed
the addicted, the deniers and the corrupt
and give us a home together again.
We are broken people gathered around
each with sorrows and failures beyond words
but as we come together with faith
the Divine is searching high and low for us.
We might be shattered and bedraggled now
but grace and peace are coming to stay
a new lease on life for the hopeless and hurting
and new love for the lonesome hearts.
We might seem lost and up a tree
hiding from all our collected guilt and shame
God has more for us than we can imagine
love is setting the table for us now.