Monday, January 4, 2010

Down-to-Earth Jesus

Jesus, if You lived on earth today

You’d peddle Your love in scuffed Nikes

and T shirts tear-stained,

sweat-stained, ragged, maybe, from too many sleepless nights,

too many desperate hands tugging the hem of Your garments.



Down to earth Jesus, You’d haunt mean city streets,

welfare offices, prisons, skid rows, and smoke filled taverns, in search of Your lost sheep.



You can live on earth today in the lives of Your followers.

Teach us not to judge by outward appearance...

help us hear the silent screaming beneath the obsessive talking

and sophisticated exteriors: teach us, Lord Jesus, to love.

(by Deb Rhodes, 1981)

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