Five months into my church's amalgamation with three others, people are still hurting, resistant and critical. Our ministers' growing desperation was evident in today's sermon (based on Joshua 1) as the speaker pleaded with us to move forward. She ended the service with a call for those who were committed to strength and courage for the future to stand. About four people stood and one of those is developmentally disabled.
My oldest, Liam, wants to encourage people in creative expression and had prepared a short talk outlining his vision for a writing workshop. He invited everyone to join him for a quick information session after the service and I was his only taker.
I decided to write a poem in the style of the Japanese tanka, a kind of tribute to the leaders, appointed or self styled, whose hearts must be slowly breaking.
Get ready, prepare.
Tough challenge, large reward. Advance
Inhabit the land.
Promised estate, rich birth right.
Be strong and brave. Fear not.