Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 7, 2002
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. As always, this meditation starts with a Gospel
reading, and April's meditations include a poem and a
prayer written by Kate Eysaman.
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Please read Luke 4:31-37
Spirit of the Law
Eight years I've watched it. Starts about November.
Huddled kids at the back of the courtroom watch
Their mamas plead guilty for taking dolls from K-Mart.
In Harrison's court they get the same sentence.
'Yes, sir, I knew what I was doin'.
But I couldn't let them see another
Christmas without no toys.'
'Three months in the workhouse.'
Their frightened eyes move wide,
Children whimper at the back.
He pays the clerk to see they get the toys they took.
Some, too, find an envelope, a turkey maybe,
Or a pair of shoes.
In eight years
I've never seen Harrison so much as smile.
I get so rule-bound that I sometimes lose my perspective
on the reason we make rules to begin with. I walk a
mental line between being principle-bound and being
flexible, all too often letting others' opinions determine
my stance. Please show me a middle ground that allows me
to respect the rules in this life without sacrificing the
higher principles on which they are founded. Give me a
clear vision and sure footing that will take me with each
step more surely in your direction. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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