Friday, July 6, 2018

Give to God

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away. Matthew 22:15-22 
Give to God

You came from and belong to
a most loving and giving Creator
source of all life and light
heart of every loving community.

The rulers of this age will claim
that they are great like gods
but they are hot air and bad wind
their hearts are ugly and greedy.

Participate and speak out
pay taxes and surely vote
the sun shines of the good
and the evil ones alike.

What we give to God we give
all of ourselves as we give
to the poor and the needy
the outcast, lonely and afraid.

We give to God our hearts
which beat for refugees
for children taken from parents
for all the abused in this world.

Give you heart to the Creator
you will see the need around you
with the heart beat of God
you will know the way to go.

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