Pastor’s Pondering 03/16/2022

A benediction for St. Patrick

Let those who have never known hunger

Set down their forks. Let those who have never known cruelty

Go as a stranger, alone, to a far place where they speak a different tongue.

Let those who have never known pain Don boot and gloves, take up their

shovels and dig from the break of dawn until well past dark.

Let those who have not suffered a loved one’s death

Choose which one they might do without.

As for the rest of us- let us lower our pointing finger,

Our angry voice, our stingy defenses

And instead, join all peoples of every continent

In lifting up our prayers for more mercy

For greater hospitality, for an abundance of generosity

And especially, for peace, until there are none who are hungry

None who cower in fear before their oppressors

Until there is a balm in Gilead. And let us all-

No matter the color of our scarf, no matter our creed-

Say loud Amen.

George R. Pasley

March 16, 2022

Martin, TN

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