Finally, Sisters and Brothers - A Poem

by Amy Sawyer on February 24, 2017

We are entering our final Sunday studying the book of Philippians and learning what it means to find joy - in all things. This poem is inspired by Philippians 4:8, which says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."


Finally, Sisters and Brothers

by Amy Sawyer, After Philippians 4:8


Whenever truth can be unraveled,

by methodically picking its strands apart

or by slicing it until the last threads

fall among our naked, unrepentant feet;


Whenever our nation’s honor

comes before our Kingdom’s power;


Whenever the right or the left

use the poor as a weapon for their political gain

and justice is thrown away like day-old protest signs;


Whenever purity is viewed as weakness,

hope simplified to bold-colored slogans;


Whenever love becomes so fractured,

fragile like ice over a half-frozen lake,

you test each step, listen for deep cracks,

not trusting love can hold you at all;


Whenever we value results over repute,

admire personal gain more than public good;   


Whenever we sacrifice excellence for extremism,

virtue for the loudest voice,

shouting into our megaphones    

until our cheeks are wind-slapped;


Whenever we outwardly praise peace

while our own anxiety burrows

deep in our fox holes, scratching  

through the dirt and snow,

not letting winter’s warm sunlight

or joy save us from frostbite;

Think about such things.


Tags: hope, joy, love, peace, philippians, truth

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