Cannot be fixed
They lie shattered on the floor–
in pieces so tiny that you can’t even sweep them up
without cutting yourself.
I can’t help but think God, that we broke Afghanistan
and then we left it shattered, for someone else
to clean up,
and sustain the injuries.
And thoughts and prayers
aren’t going to do much
in a situation like this
But I know that I too bear some
responsibility for the glass upon the floor.
And maybe God, next time, we can stay out of the China Shop
where we don’t belong
so we don’t break
into pieces anymore.
Not breaking things seems a good prayer to make God.
Help us not to break things,
Feel free to share and adapt with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
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Where we don’t belong
Tough line since we were there in Afghanistan because of 9/11
We stayed too long perhaps, yes.
It’s not always about us