Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5:21-26
You often can make me crazy
and I surely want to be right
I want even more to be loved
forgiven and embraced as I am.
We have our differences and people
brought up in cultural stews so different
we misstep and say the wrong things
we have no shared experience now.
We are bound together despite differences
we bleed and love in all the same ways
we are sisters and brothers on this island
this fragile earth, this single ecosystem.
I can hide in my own jungle of despair
and you can bury yourself in the sand
but we will find that we each have need
each have the answer for one another.