Saturday, October 04, 2014

outside the subway – v4

each time, a row of them,
those asking for money
cups in outstretched hands
reaching for us, calling

wanting to give, to be faithful
but a thought, a wondering if
the cash I try to give them
will buy drugs instead

a challenge for us, disciples
trying to be like Jesus
wondering what He would do
what His call is to us

do we give to all of them
what do we give to those asking
do we give until we have nothing
until we are like them

something about these questions
sounding vaguely like Judas
when he questioned the act of Mary
pouring out the precious nard

or like the widow’s offering
giving her last two coins
or of the widow using her oil, her flour
feeding the prophet Elijah

trusting in God to provide
that the oil, the flour would
never go empty
that God will yet provide

edited October 4, 2014
outside the subway – v4

edited October 4, 2014
outside the subway – v3
edited October 4, 2014
outside the subway – v2
October 2, 2014
outside the subway
about Washington, DC and metro stops especially
1 John 2:1-6
and Men’s Bible Study
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
September 28, 2014

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