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Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
#852863 added June 30, 2015 at 1:48am
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Thinking of burned churches
Thinking of the burned black churches in the American South, I can almost smell the soot, feel the anxiety of those Christians confused, wondering if hate took their church home from them, or, looking at their in-tact churches fearing losing their spiritual shelter. I saw photos of one church, its sagging organ drenched in ashes and hose water, the cross still hanging over the burned altar, the wall built to protect the spiritual life inside, gone, lying in shambles on the ground. Whatever forces are doing this have no right. It feels like the 1960’s resurrected and crying out. I would roll in the ashes, rub them on my face and in my hair and trail around town saying this song:
Burn my church
The black and white keys to music
Burn the cross from the roof
The step up to the altar
The altar itself
But you can’t burn the gifts
That have flowed from that altar
From those pews
From those voices raised in praise
And try as you might
You cannot burn away
The love and grace common to us all
That ties us to our Father, God,
Our creator, yours and mine,
The DNA that makes us brothers and sisters.


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