no grace left

give me the grace to believe
that those who tell me they know best
what path i must take to find freedom
do not know
how their words entrap me

give me the grace to believe
that those who tell me,
outraged,
what true faith is
and why mine isn’t
do not know
how their words diminish and oppress

give me the grace to believe
that those who judge every word i say
and find each thought inadequate
are believers in the same
life and love
as me.

7 Comments

  1. Blair

    Okay, I’ll make a massive assumption and suggest you’ve been having to defend yourself a bit lately? I love the bit at the end of this where you describe the object of faith as ‘the same life and love’ Sometimes I wonder whether judgemental folk do believe in the same life and love as others.

    =) B

  2. Cheryl

    i’ve taken the path of not defending myself, but there certainly have been a few moments over the last couple of weeks where i’ve found it very hard not to bite back… this was in response to one of those. There have also been other remarkable and beautiful moments that give me back my breath…

  3. WOW!!
    Those words are perfect for some stuff I’ve been going through lately too!

    Thanks!

  4. Timothy Wright

    All we have are our words. How many times I have been guilty of what you say and hopefully i will not be guilty in the future, but I suspect I will. Your words hopefully will help me reflect before I speak. Thanks for sharing this.

    Tim

  5. Cheryl

    hi Laura… isn’t it a relief to find something that resonates…

    Tim, thanks for this. peace to you.

  6. hey Cheryl,
    Yes, it definately is a relief.

    Posted this poem, with a link back here, at my blog.
    Hope that’s ok.
    If not, let me know and I’ll just keep the link up instead.

    Laura

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