God, many of us are uncomfortable
reading and listening to this scripture.
It has been used as a weapon
against us or someone we love.
It has portrayed you
as unjust, exclusivist,
filled with hate, demanding fear.
It has been interpreted as a verdict
or entrance exam to heaven.
Someone wrote it; some time called it forth;
and some slave, woman, jew, queer,
person of another faith or no faith
fell under its blow.
Womb-knitter of us all,
hand us the text this morning,
not as an open carry,
but as one of your tangled balls of yarn.