Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To Whom Can We Go?

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.” He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for he, though one of the twelve, was going to betray him.John 6:60-71 

To Whom Can We Go?

We've been on this path so long
rolled over by crisis and storms
the lessons so hard we want to turn
but to whom can we truly go?

There is no place left for us now
we are refugees on a holy journey
we seek only to follow the teacher's path
to tend the gardens that he has planted.

There is no other way but forward
facing the rising sun with new prayers
singing and drumming as we go together
a people sent forth and following.

We face scorching noontime heat
and rolling waves ready to consume
high tides and droughts in our ministry
and yet we face the trip ahead with joy.

Lift up your heads oh suffering servants
love has risen and found you here
you are not lost but on a sacred path
and you are never alone nor aboandoned.

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