A letter to us today

1 John 3:16-17 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

It is ANZAC day
in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand,
and it is good to remember,
even across oceans and years,
the courage and losses of world wars
fresh as poppies
cut by children in red paper,
for everyone who lays down a life
lays it down for us.

In India, today the virus surges
almost beyond control,
hospitals are choked,
people die in line waiting for a doctor.
How can those of us
rejoicing in vaccination,
cautious travel, new gatherings,
not ask how we can help?

God’s love is not just laying down life,
but honoring those who do,
near and far, now and long ago.
God’s love is refusing
to join a world of refusal
to notice that lives can be saved.

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5 Responses to A letter to us today

  1. Pingback: Ecclesial work in coronatimes – Belgian Ecclesia Brussel – Leuven

  2. A marvelous reframing and reminder of God’s love, “God’s love is refusing to join a world of refusal to notice that lives can be saved.” Amen.

  3. Thank you, Maren. Indeed, how can we see and hear and refuse to help? May we lament. May we love. May we lay down our lives. May we hope.

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