Freedom of Both Pulpit and Pew

We value our freedoms

Sometimes more than our lives

The martyrs are many

Who have died just for words.

 

What does this mean

For the Pulpit and Pew?

What does it mean for me and for you?

 

Words sometimes hurt

Bringing pain from our pasts

Swirling to memories

Of being abused

 

Those same painful words

Bring others great joy

A longing for comfort

A longing for peace.

 

 

How can we balance

Such contrary needs

When freedom for some

Causes others to weep?

 

Our spirits are hardy

This I believe

Compassion is called for

And gentle support

 

We’ll find a way forward

Both caring and free

If our faith is a building

 

Open hearts are the doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Freedom of Both Pulpit and Pew”

  1. oaklandliz@aol.com says :

    Lovely.

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