The Work of World Communion … after Howard Thurman

When “Des Colores,” “Jesu, Jesu,” “Siyahamba,”
and “In Christ there is no East or West”
are stilled,
the tambourine and the djembe
and the singing bowl are put away,

when white bread — gluten and GF
replace pita and rye,
tortilla, rice cake, and naan,

when the children are not dressed
in their grandparents’
or somebody else’s lederhosen
or dashiki or obi,

when mission partners
are not asked to be guest preachers,
and every prayer is in English
(at least until Pentecost) —

the work of Communion begins:

to find the lost girls, to heal Ebola,
to feed all the hungry
in body and spirit,
to release the borders to children
and their parents,
to rebuild Palestine and Ferguson,
to ask forgiveness of indigenous people,
to bring peace without drones,

and, in every season,
to make music in the heart.


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