Saturday, March 14, 2015

Throwing Stones

Jesus said, "Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God."
The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.' Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?" Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, 'He is our God,' though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad." Then the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am." So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. John 8:47-59 

Throwing Stones
Does my difference scare you?
Do I challenge the life you lead?
Walk a while with me for a day
and we will find a road we both can walk.

The words I say confront your pride
confound your sensibilities and stop you
the love I offer is for now and forever
the way of life is a path of letting go.

This is holy land of ancient ancestors
is a place of joys and sorrows deep
this ground has seen the terror of greed
and has welcomed the sinful and the saints.

We are never going to be alike
our differences are gifts beyond measure
through your eyes I can see the world anew
and through my heart you can feel love anew.

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